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Man can't keep wife's grave in yard

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday rejected an elderly man's appeal to keep the grave of his late wife in the front yard of the home they shared for decades.

The justices, in an 8-3 decision, said Patsy Davis' body must be removed from the front yard in Stevenson where it had been since 2009. James Davis has said he buried his wife in front of their log home because it was her dying wish.

Parker Edmiston, an attorney representing the city, said work to remove the grave from Davis' yard could begin as early as next week.

The 74-year-old Davis said he does not have the money to pursue the case any further. He said the city has tried to get him to remove the body, but he refuses.

"I still ain't got no justice," he said.

Edmiston said the first step would be contacting a lawyer for Davis to work out a procedure for disinterment.

"Our heart has always gone out to Mr. Davis in the loss of his wife, but he just didn't follow the law in this case," said Edmiston.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 12, 2013 A28

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