published Friday, February 14th, 2014

Shelby County judge revokes bond for embattled cemetery owner

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A judge has revoked bond for a Memphis-area cemetery owner charged with mishandling burials.

Shelby County's district attorney's office says 38-year-old Jemar Lambert was taken into custody Thursday after Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee revoked his bond on a charge of theft of property over $60,000.

Lambert, owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett, was charged last year with burying bodies on adjoining land not owned by the cemetery.

He also was arrested Jan. 24 on charges of theft of property and abuse of a corpse after complaints alleging he buried three different people in the same grave last March.

The cemetery is being taken over by a receiver appointed by a judge. Lambert's attorney did not return a call seeking comment.

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