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Cemetery owner charged with abuse of a corpse in court Tuesday

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The man accused of burying people on top of one another is expected in court Tuesday morning.

38-year-old Jemar Lambert, owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett, faces charges of abuse of a corpse and theft.

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He's accused of stacking as many as three bodies' in the same grave in March of 2013.

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Lambert told the district attorney, he didn't have a choice after running out of room on the cemetery land.

People came to the cemetery Monday, greeted by locked gates, crime tape and few answers.

"It's sickening, it's hurting, I'm it's almost just take you back to sorrow to think that you're loved one may not possibly be there at all," says Rita Newsom.

Garner Allen agrees, "I just want to get in and see if they been messed with."

But, that won't happen anytime soon since there is a temporary restraining order on the property and the cemetery is still considered an active crime scene.

Allen says, "You go messing with the dead. I'm going to say it like that I just think it's wrong to do stuff like that."

This is not the first time accusations of fraud at a Memphis cemetery. In 2007 two men with the Forrest Hill Irene Funeral Home were charged with theft and money laundering. They were accused of diverting millions of dollars in funeral trust funds and using the money for personal gain.

"Just today my friend buried his mother in a cemetery and now it makes you thing we couldn't stay so it makes me think now is she really going to be buried where she's supposed to be," says Newsom.

For now families will continue to wait to get word on their loved one's remains. The cemetery will remain closed as the state asks for control over the property.

 As far as the owner Jemar Lambert is concerned, Allen says, "Stay behind the bar, I feel like he should stay behind them if all this stuff is true."

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