LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' attorney general has filed a civil lawsuit against a funeral home whose owners face criminal charges after regulators found bodies stacked on top of each other and some stored outside of a freezer.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Thursday filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Arkansas Funeral Care. The Jacksonville funeral home's license was suspended last year after the state licensing agency investigated complaints by a former employee and found a cooler "filled beyond capacity with bodies" and bodies "stacked on top of each other."
The owners and a manager at the facility have pleaded not guilty to 13 charges of corpse abuse, each related to bodies and remains found at the home. A jury trial is scheduled for late April.