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Families shut out of cemetery; owner arrested

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Galilee Memorial Gardens has been shutdown, no one is allowed on the grounds. Galilee Memorial Gardens has been shutdown, no one is allowed on the grounds.
Maurice Amerson's mother, who would have celebrated her 75th birthday Thursday, is buried at the cemetery. Maurice Amerson's mother, who would have celebrated her 75th birthday Thursday, is buried at the cemetery.
Cemetery owner Jemar Lambert was arrested for theft of property and abuse of a corpse for allegedly burying multiple bodies in the same grave. Cemetery owner Jemar Lambert was arrested for theft of property and abuse of a corpse for allegedly burying multiple bodies in the same grave.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – Losing a loved one is hard enough and many find peace in laying them to rest and visiting their grave, but since the Galilee Memorial Gardens has been shutdown, no one is allowed on the grounds.

The cemetery owner Jemar Lambert was arrested Friday.

It's an emotional time for Maurice Amerson and his family.  His mother, who would have celebrated her 75th birthday on Thursday, is buried at Galilee Memorial Gardens.

"It's no respect for the dead and it's sad. It really is," said Amerson.  "My parents have friends and loved ones out here, so they chose to be out here."

Saturday, the family was supposed to bring new flowers to her grave. Crime tape lined the entrance and a Shelby County Sheriff Deputy guarded the driveway.

Friday, the District Attorney's office charged Lambert with theft of property and abuse of a corpse for allegedly burying multiple bodies in the same grave.

Their report indicates improper burials of three different people in the same grave on March 9th and March 12th of 2013.  Amerson thinks the same thing happened to his mother's grave.

"That's sickening, that's totally sickening and I can't believe it, I really can't believe it," Amerson stated.  "It's embarrassing, it's disgusting, its sad and people who have their loved ones out here and all this is going on?  My sister came out here after we out my mom down and there was a lady standing over my mom's grave, crying and she was saying her son was in that same spot.  And she was like 'are you sure because my mom was in that same spot.'"

When Amerson confronted Lambert he never got answers.  Instead, he says a second tombstone was placed next to his mother's.

"So we don't know if my mom on top of him or is he on top of my mom, we don't know," Amerson explained.

He says Lambert owes him $800 for a tombstone that was never ordered for his father.

"Here is January and he has not returned any of my calls, but he took my money and I have the receipt," Amerson said.

Amerson's brother was also buried in another part of the cemetery that now appears to be dug up.

"When I saw that they had him downtown, that's the best place to keep him," Amerson stated.

The new arrest and search warrant stemmed from an investigation that began back in November of 2013.

Amerson says he was visiting his brother's grave in November when he saw investigators taking pictures on site.

Lambert is scheduled to appear in court February 13.

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