Former Arkansas funeral director acquitted of corpse abuse

Former Arkansas funeral director acquitted of corpse abuse

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former funeral director has been found not guilty on charges of corpse abuse at a Jacksonville funeral home where bodies were found stacked on top of each other in unrefrigerated areas.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that a Pulaski County jury deliberated for just more than hour Tuesday before finding 64-year-old Edward Snow not guilty on each of eight counts of criminal abuse of corpses.

The corpses were found by state regulators last year inside Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville.

Funeral home owner LeRoy Wood and his son, Rodney Wood, were also charged in the case.

They both reached a plea agreement so that charges against them would be dropped in exchange for the business pleading guilty to five counts of corpse-abuse and paying a fine of $50,000.

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