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State to officially take over cemetery accused of stacking coffins

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Local lawyer David Kustoff will act as deputy receiver at Galilee Memorial Gardens. Local lawyer David Kustoff will act as deputy receiver at Galilee Memorial Gardens.
Investigators accuse the cemetery's owner, Jemar Lambert, of poor record keeping. Investigators accuse the cemetery's owner, Jemar Lambert, of poor record keeping.

(WMC-TV) - An order officially appoints the Tennessee State Department of Commerce and Insurance as receiver of a Bartlett cemetery, which is accused of crushing and stacking coffins in single grave sites. 

Local lawyer David Kustoff will act as deputy receiver at Galilee Memorial Gardens. He will oversee the daily work to determine the extent of the reported mismanagement of the cemetery.

Investigators accuse the cemetery's owner, Jemar Lambert, of poor record keeping. 

An affidavit from the district attorney's office reveals Lambert ordered cemetery workers, named Boo and Juicy,  to open graves and identify remains.

A funeral director from Little Rock said he saw "caskets that had been crushed and stacked in single grave sites." He says he also saw one worker "use the back wheel of the back-hoe to crush a casket by driving back and forth over it."

Investigators say the caskets were being crushed to make room for new caskets in single plots that were already in use.

The Little Rock funeral director claims he also saw an employee "climb into the open grave sites and peel back casket lids from stacked caskets to observe decedents faces" in an attempt to identify remains. 

Lambert was recently denied bond

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