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Judge delays case against Colorado funeral home owners accused of 190 counts of corpse abuse

Return to Nature Funeral Home
Posted at 5:23 PM, Mar 21, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-21 19:23:10-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado judge has granted a defense request to delay the criminal case of two Colorado funeral home operators accused of letting nearly 200 corpses decay in a decrepit building in some cases for years.

The delay Thursday angered some families of the deceased who are eager to have the case resolved.

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Jon and Carie Hallford are accused of falsifying death certificates and sending fake ashes to grieving families. Investigators say some of the 190 bodies languished for years in a building southwest of Denver that had swarms of bugs and floors coated with decomposition fluids.

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