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Funeral home cut legs off corpse

July 15, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A South Carolina judge has ordered the closing of a funeral home where a worker cut the legs off a body so it would fit in a casket.

Judge Deborah Durden upheld last month's decision by the state Funeral Board to revoke the license of Cave Funeral Home and owner Michael Cave.

Cave admitted in an administrative court that his Allendale funeral home cut the legs off 6-foot-7 James Hines five years ago and did not tell his family. Cave said he didn't want grieving relatives to suffer more.

A fired employee, who had been in the room when Hines' legs were cut, told the family last year what had happened.

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