Lawyer working to resolve Bartlett cemetery owner’s case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The lawyer for a Memphis-area cemetery owner charged with mishandling bodies says he is working to resolve the case.

Jemar Lambert, owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens in the suburb of Bartlett, made a brief appearance Friday in Shelby County Criminal Court on a 2013 theft of property charge that he sold burial plots to families on adjoining land not owned by the cemetery.

His lawyer, Coleman Garrett, told Judge Lee Coffee that the matter has “quite a few moving parts.” A trial date has not been set.

Lambert was arrested last year in a separate case, in which authorities say the cemetery buried three different people in the same grave. He has not been indicted in that case.

Coffee set a Feb. 27 hearing date for Lambert.