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Hopkinsville Cemetery Accused Of Exhuming, Re-burying Casket

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by Jason Lamb

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - Workers at a Hopkinsville, Kentucky cemetery has been accused of burying a casket in the wrong spot, then exhuming it and burying it back in the ground without informing the family.

A civil lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Christian County Circuit Court, claiming the Green Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery buried the body of Ruby Pauline Griffey in the wrong grave site after she died in 2008.

The mistake wasn't discovered until August of last year, when the cemetery went to bury another person, and instead of an empty plot found Griffey's casket.

The lawsuit claimed instead of informing the family about the mistake, the cemetery exhumed Griffey's body and re-buried her in her correct plot, all without the family's knowledge.

The suit also said in the process of exhuming and re-burying Griffey, the cemetery damaged the protective vault surrounding Griffey's coffin.

This was not the first time the owners of the Green Hill Memorial Gardens cemetery have faced legal action.

Criminal charges were filed in May when they were accused of removing at least 46 bronze grave markers from their own cemetery and then trying to sell them for scrap. Those charges were still pending.

NewsChannel 5 attempted to talk to family members of Griffey and a representative from the cemetery on Wednesday. Both parties declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

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