Thursday, 13 February 2014 15:48

Judge Revokes Bond of Galilee Cemetery Owner

Jemar Lambert Jemar Lambert SCSO
MEMPHIS - Feb. 13, 2014 - A judge revoked the bond of the owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens Cemetery where investigators have found bodies buried on adjoining property as well as multiple bodies buried in the same graves, said Shelby County Dis. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Jemar Lambert, 38, was taken into custody after Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee revoked his ROR bond because of new charges. A bond hearing is set for Friday Feb. 21.
Lambert is charged with theft of property over $60,000 for allegedly charging families at least $995 each to bury their loved ones in Galilee Memorial Gardens, but then burying them instead on adjoining land not owned by the cemetery.
He was arrested again two weeks ago on new charges of theft of property and abuse of a corpse after complaints alleging he had buried the remains of three different individual in the same grave last March.
The cemetery has been closed by court order following a petition filed by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance which regulates cemetery and funeral home practices.