Man Who Buried Wife in Front Yard Has Hearing

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A Jackson County man who buried his wife in the front yard of their Stevenson home was back in court Wednesday morning.   Jim Davis says that one of his wife Patsy’s dying wishes was to be buried in the front yard.

However, when the town of Stevenson refused to give him a permit, Davis went ahead and buried Patsy next to the steps to their front porch.   The town then took Davis to court.

In March,  Judge Jennifer Holt gave Davis 30 days to exhume his wife or appeal.  Davis chose to appeal.   In his hearing Wednesday he and his attorney’s argued that the city did not follow the rules when they denied his request for a private cemetery permit.

Judge Holt will rule at a later date on whether Davis will have to move his wife to another location.