Skip to comments.Innocent Plea in Ga. Corpse Dumping Case - dumping decaying bodies around his family business
Posted on 09/23/2003 11:58:19 AM PDT by bedolido
LAFAYETTE, Ga. - A former crematory operator accused of dumping decaying bodies around his family business pleaded innocent Tuesday to some charges and contested the validity of hundreds of others.
Ray Brent Marsh, 29, faces multiple counts of burial service fraud, making false statements, abuse of a dead body and theft. He remains free on bond.
At Tuesday's arraignment hearing, Marsh pleaded not guilty to 122 counts of burial service fraud and 47 counts of making false statements.
His lawyer, Ken Poston, said Marsh was withholding pleas on 179 counts of abuse of a body and 439 counts of theft by taking, describing those charges as "defective" because the law does not support them.
Marsh, who took over the Tri-State Crematory from his father in 1997, is accused of stashing 334 bodies at the site in Noble in northwestern Georgia.
When investigators searched the property in February 2002, they found heaps of decaying bodies that were supposed to be cremated - many spilling out of a storage shed, scattered around the crematory building and in nearby woods. About 225 bodies have been identified.
In addition to the criminal case, hundreds of people are suing Marsh for failing to perform cremations.
A grand jury indicted the former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football player on the 787 felony counts last month. No trial date was set; the defense is seeking a change of venue, citing pretrial publicity and other factors.
Lisa Cash, 33, received an urn that she thought was filled with the cremated remains of her mother, Norma Jean Hutton, who died in 2001. Instead, the powder was concrete.
"Every time I see his face I think about my mother laying out in the backyard," Cash said after the arraignment.
You have a good memory. This is an update (I should've known then I could've put that in the title. Sorry)