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Judge Orders Cemetery Owner To Finish Work Or Offer Refunds

Josh James

A state judge has ordered the owner of a Scott County cemetery to either install headstones and other items or give customers a full refund.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued Dale Shackleford and Crestlawn Cemetery in May for not installing the headstones and grave markers despite accepting thousands of dollars from grieving family members. Beshear said in a news release that Scott County Circuit Judge Paul F. Isaacs ordered Shackelford to complete the work or refund the money.

Shackelford did not respond to the lawsuit and did not appear in court on Thursday. A message on his cellphone said his voice mail system was full and could not receive messages.

Beshear said his office will monitor the cemetery and "take appropriate steps" if Shackelford does not comply.

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