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Councilwoman: I feel like 'jumping over the fence' of shutdown cemetery for answers

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Memphis City Council Member Janis Fullilove thought her beloved grandmother was in a suitable final resting place. Memphis City Council Member Janis Fullilove thought her beloved grandmother was in a suitable final resting place.
Fullilove wants to know if the grave of her grandmother, Marie Malunda, is the site of multiple burials. Fullilove wants to know if the grave of her grandmother, Marie Malunda, is the site of multiple burials.
The state Department of Commerce and Insurance has locked the gate at Galilee. The state Department of Commerce and Insurance has locked the gate at Galilee.
Investigators charged the cemetery owner, Jemar Lambert, Friday with abuse of a corpse. Investigators charged the cemetery owner, Jemar Lambert, Friday with abuse of a corpse.

(WMC-TV) - A Bartlett cemetery remains an active crime scene Wednesday as one councilwoman works to take action against the abuse problems.

Memphis City Council Member Janis Fullilove thought her beloved grandmother was in a suitable final resting place, but now uncertainty rises after hearing allegations of crushed caskets stacked in single grave sites.

"My grandmother was my life. You know, she was everything to me everything," said Fullilove.

Fullilove wants to know if the grave of her grandmother, Marie Malunda, is the site of multiple burials.

The state Department of Commerce and Insurance has locked the gate at Galilee. The cemetery shut it down temporarily as the state moves to take it over.

Investigators charged the cemetery owner, Jemar Lambert, Friday with abuse of a corpse and theft of property of more than $1,000. Last year Lambert was charged with theft of property more than $60,000. He was also accused of burying bodies in nearby land that did not belong to Galilee.

The state already received more than 150 calls from concerned loved ones.

"I'm going to get to the bottom of this," said Fullilove. "I'm from South Memphis. This is no lie: I feel like going out there, jumping over the damn fence, over the gate to see what's happening with my grandmother's resting place."

A hearing to determine if the state will take over Galilee is scheduled for February 6 in Nashville. The owners of Galilee will also show why the state should not take if over.

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