Jackson Co. Man To Remove Wife’s Body From Yard

Northeast Alabama
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STEVENSON, Ala. (WHNT) -- A Jackson County man has once again been told to remove his wife's body from his front yard, and this time, he has said he will do it.

Jim Davis says it was his wife Patsy's dying wish to be buried in their front yard. He carried out that wish when she passed away several years ago, and since then the city of Stevenson has told him he had to remove her.

Several court dates later, he hasn't.

It's been years of legal battles. However, Wednesday both parties are one step closer to a resolution.

Davis, his lawyer, and a lawyer representing the city of Stevenson went before a judge Wednesday afternoon. Davis' lawyer argued for more time to remove the remains. He says Davis needs to make arrangements with his family and with a funeral service. The city's attorney argues Davis has had more than enough time to make those arrangements.

Davis' attorney argued to keep the vault in the front yard, but the attorney representing the city asked to have the vault removed as well.

The judge suspended the hearing pending the completion of an agreement both Davis and the city of Stevenson said they found palatable.

Friday, the casket, vault and Davis' wife's remains will be removed. The remains will be cremated and then returned to Davis.

If Davis doesn't comply, the hearing will resume.

In the past Davis has told the judge and WHNT News 19  if he were to have to dig up his wife's remains, he was going to have them cremated, and then put back into his front yard. However, during the hearing for the first time he told the judge he will still have them cremated, but keep them in his house.

The funding to have the remains removed will be taken out of a ten thousand dollar bond Davis had initially put up. A little more than six hundred dollars will also be taken out to reimburse the city for the costs associated with this case. The rest will be returned to Davis.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says it will have deputies at Davis' house while the remains are being removed.

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