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Kentucky Couple Charged With Violating Graves

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by Jason Lamb

HOPKINSVILLE, KY. – A couple in Christian County has posted bond after being indicted on 46 counts of violating graves at their own Hopkinsville cemetery.

The Commonwealth Attorney in Christian County said Jason and Taunya Strader removed at least 46 bronze grave markers from the Green Hill Memorial Cemetery and tried selling them for scrap.

The owners said they were just trying to clean up the cemetery ahead of Memorial Day, but the Commonwealth Attorney said she has evidence the couple removed even undamaged markers -- that family members paid for.

This weekend, family members showed up to the cemetery to see if their loved one's markers had been removed.

"It hurts, it really hurts," said Tammy Tatum, who found that her family's grave markers were unharmed.  "I don't know why someone would want to do something like this to people, it's not right."

The Commonwealth Attorney said those bronze markers cost about $1,700 each.

She said the couple ordered replacement markers for the ones that were taken, but she said that only happened after they found out they were under investigation.

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