Hundreds file lawsuit over handling of bodies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – More than 500 families have filed a second class-action lawsuit over the handling of remains at a West Tennessee cemetery.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday contends Galilee Memorial Gardens at Bartlett, northeast of Memphis, stacked multiple caskets in single burial plots, crushed caskets in order to fit more caskets into plots, misplaced remains and buried bodies on neighboring property without authorization.
The complaint also names as defendants several funeral homes, saying they should have known the cemetery was conducting improper burials.
The plaintiffs seek unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
Cemetery owner Jemar Lambert faces criminal charges of theft of property and abuse of a corpse. He also has been charged with burying bodies on adjoining property not owned by the cemetery.
Lambert’s attorney did not immediately return a message left at his office.