Cemetery owner charged with mishandling bodies taken into custody after bond violation

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MEMPHIS, Tennessee — A Tennessee cemetery owner charged with mishandling burials has been taken into custody on a violation of the terms of his release on bond.

Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee said Thursday that Jemar Lambert tested positive for marijuana.

Lambert, owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett, has been out of jail on $10,000 bond in a case where he is charged theft of property for burying bodies on land that does not belong to the cemetery.

Terms of his release included drug testing.

Lambert also is accused in a separate case of burying multiple bodies in the same grave. He has not been indicted in that case.

Lambert's lawyer, Coleman Garrett, said he has rejected a proposal in which Lambert would serve a 10-year sentence in return for a guilty plea.

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