- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BARTLETT, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis-area cemetery may soon expand to include land where officials say former owner Jemar Lambert illegally buried bodies on property not owned by the cemetery.

According to documents filed with Davidson County Chancery Court on Tuesday, state officials and the owner of the adjacent land surrounding Galilee Memorial Gardens have agreed to transfer the property for a nominal $10 amount.

The surrounding property is trust land under Robert and Martha Fogelman and Davidson County Chancellor Carol McCoy, who has presided over the case, must approve the sale.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/1Ex900a) the filing comes a day after thousands of relatives were allowed onto Galilee’s grounds for the first time since Lambert was arrested in January 2014 and charged with mishandling bodies.

Lambert reached a plea agreement in March and is serving a sentence of 10 years’ probation.

There is a fence separating the cemetery property from the trust land at Galilee with signs warning that the area is “private property.”

Jennifer Neal, whose husband Gregory is buried across the property line, said removing the fence will make things better than “having that wire over his tombstone.”

“I respect that line,” Jennifer Neal said. “I don’t want to be reaching over or my grandkids reaching over putting flowers in. We want to go around and put our flowers in and clean up.”


Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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