- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The owner of an Ohio funeral home where bodies were found in a state of decay has been charged with several new counts of abuse of a corpse.

The charges announced Thursday in Toledo bring the number of abuse of a corpse counts to nine against funeral director Robert Tate Jr.

In late May, authorities removed 11 bodies intended for cremation, including some that were stored in a garage at Tate Funeral Services in Toledo.

The board that oversees Ohio funeral homes already had suspended Tate’s license.

The funeral home has maintained it didn’t violate state law. Its attorney has said delays in cremation were because doctors delayed handing over death certificates.

A message seeking comment was left with the funeral home owner’s attorney on Thursday.



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