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Jurors Hear About More Problems At Cemetery Owned By State Representative

Posted April 29, 2004 5:27 a.m. EDT

— Jurors heard about more problems Thursday at a cemetery co-owned by state Rep. Mickey Michaux.

Dorothy and Charles Miles said it took months for the grave marker of their daughter, Lanesha, to be placed. Now, they believe their daughter's grave has been mismarked so many times, they cannot be sure where she is buried. The couple are suing the cemetery owners -- Michaux and his brother, Eric.

Della Michaux, who is married to Eric Michaux and also works at the cemetery, testified Thursday that J&P Memorials, the company that made the marker, often fails to pay the required installation fee for markers. She told jurors when that happens, Glenview Memorial Park sometimes pulls up a marker and places it to the side of the grave.

Jurors also heard about another case where a woman bought multiple plots for her family, only to later find a stranger buried in one of them.

The Michauxs blame the marker mix up on J&P Memorials.