MEMPHIS, Tennessee — A Nashville lawyer has been appointed lead attorney in a class action lawsuit against a Memphis cemetery accused of mishandling bodies.
Kathryn Barnett, managing partner of the Nashville office of Morgan & Morgan, is working with other law firms in handling the lawsuit against Galilee Memorial Gardens. A trial for the lawsuit has been set for October 2015.
Cemetery owner Jemar Lambert faces criminal charges of theft of property and abuse of a corpse on claims that multiple bodies were buried in single graves and the cemetery kept inadequate burial records. He also has been charged with burying bodies on adjoining property not owned by the cemetery.
The lawsuit alleges the cemetery ran out of burial space and compacted caskets to fit multiple caskets in a 5-foot-deep grave.
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