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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Jemar Lambert, accused of several crimes in connection with Galilee Memorial Gardens Cemetery, had his bond revoked Friday afternoon after a hearing.

Lambert will be held in Shelby County jail without bond until further action in the case.

He's accused of crushing caskets to bury multiple bodies in the same grave and burying bodies on someone else's property.

On Friday, dozens of family, friends, and alleged victims were in court for Lambert's bond hearing.

Lambert's family and friends wrote letters about his character, and his mother even testified on his behalf.

But victims were also there and wrote letters of their own, one letter asking the judge to "please make him suffer."

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"He's a well-disciplined man, has been all his life," Mary Lambert said in testimony on behalf of her son, Jemar Lambert.

"He's always been a gentleman, he's always been a help in the community, he's always been one who shared what he had, time and talent," she said.

Mary Lambert was one of many who tried to sway the judge with their words and letters. More than 50 letters were written, describing Lambert's 'heart of gold.'

"He is a good kid, always been there, very generous to others in the neighborhood," Mary Lambert said.

But others in court today painted a different picture. Alleged victims wrote in letters that Lambert was 'deceitful, greedy, and untrustworthy.'

Shirley Herron's daughter is buried somewhere at Galilee Memorial Gardens, but she doesn't know where.

"I know where they said she is, I'll just put it like that," Herron said, "But I don't know for sure."

In court, prosecutors described how Lambert instructed employees to roll over caskets with a backhoe, crushing them to make room for more.

"I deeply and spiritually would like to ask from you to be liberal, lenient rather, in your judgment," Mary Lambert asked the judge.

"I think he needs more time to reflect on what happened, but I'm leaving it in the hands of God," Herron said.

Before his final decision to keep Lambert without bond, the judge in the case described one last letter from a family whose brutally murdered child is buried somewhere at Galilee Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Now that family, like so many others, doesn't know where their child is.

In the end, the judge sided with those alleged victims, opting to keep Lambert behind bars without bond and calling his actions a "crime against humanity.. and everything that is good."

If convicted, Lambert faces over a dozen years in prison.

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