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May 27, 10:32 AM EDT

Tenn. agrees to buy land where bodies were illegally buried


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BARTLETT, Tenn. (AP) -- A troubled Memphis-area cemetery may soon expand to include land where officials say former owner Jemar Lambert illegally buried bodies on property not owned by the cemetery.

According to documents filed with Davidson County Chancery Court on Tuesday, The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1Ex900a ) state officials and the owner of the adjacent land surrounding Galilee Memorial Gardens have agreed to transfer the property for a nominal $10 amount.

Davidson County Chancellor Carol McCoy, who has presided over the case, must approve the sale.

The filing comes a day after thousands of relatives were allowed onto Galilee's grounds for the first time since Lambert was arrested in January 2014 and charged with mishandling bodies.

Lambert reached a plea agreement in March and is serving a sentence of 10 years' probation.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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