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Clayton man charged with using backhoe to damage grave markers

Posted May 9
Updated May 11

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— A 23-year-old Clayton man is charged after the Wake County Sheriff's Office says he ran over grave markers and bronze vases with a backhoe tractor.

Casey Matthew Watson, of 40 Cheltemham Drive, is charged with felony disturbing a casket or grave marker.

Investigators couldn't provide a figure for the number of graves damaged at Carolina Biblical Gardens, off Creech Road in southeast Raleigh.

Matthews worked at the cemetery, and authorities said they believe the damage was malicious. His wife told WRAL News that the damage was an accident.

Matthews was charged Saturday and received a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to make a court appearance Tuesday.

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