(WMC-TV) - The owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens will be tried on theft of property charges on August 25, 2014. The district attorney's office confirmed the trial date was set Friday.
Jemar Lambert, who is accused of stacking bodies and burying remains on land that did not belong to him, rejected a plea deal that would have given him an eight year prison sentence with the possibility of probation in exchange for a guilty plea.
Lambert is charged with theft of property, on which the August trial will focus. He is also charged with abuse of a corpse as a result of accusations that he buried several bodies in the same graves, and crushed caskets to make room for more.
Lambert, along with many funeral homes, and a Galilee Memorial Gardens employee, is named in a class action lawsuit seeking $225 million.
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