$225 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Galilee Memorial Gardens

(Memphis) A $225 million lawsuit has been filed against the cemetery whose owner is accused of stacking bodies in graves.

Galilee Memorial Gardens and several funeral homes are named in the suit, which was filed in Shelby County by Nahon, Saharovich and Trotz.

The complaint alleges “the abuse, desecration and unconscionable mishandling of the human remains of the deceased family members of potentially hundreds of Tennessee residents.”

Jemar Lambert, the owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens, was denied bond Friday.

Documents show the cemetery appears to have run out of room, so bulldozers were driven over caskets to crush them and fit multiple people into one five-foot-deep grave.

Another lawsuit filed in Chancery Court by families with loved ones buried at Galilee seeks up to $100 million in damages.

The lawsuit reads, “Every funeral home that did business with Galilee after December 1, 2010, knew or should have known that this cemetery was not a proper and lawful agent for the burial of human remains.”

That lawsuit also states N.J. Ford and Sons and M.J. Edwards and Sons funeral homes played a part in the problems.

Lambert’s next court date is April 4th.

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