Men Move Family Ashes, Are Charged With Abusing Corpse
'We just thought we had a right': Kevin Lewis
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2014 4:00 PM CDT
Kevin, Travis, and Calvis Lewis are due in court Nov. 18.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Kevin Lewis thought it was no big deal when he and a couple of relatives unearthed the ashes of his father and brother in Standish, Maine, and reburied them about 10 miles down the road in Limington. "We just thought we had a right," Lewis tells the Portland Press Herald. Apparently, they didn't. Lewis, his brother Travis, and their uncle Calvin are now accused of abuse of a corpse after the deceased brother's former girlfriend clued police into the move, which happened last fall.

The woman says she buried her ex-boyfriend's ashes when he died in 2007, as well as the ashes of his father, which had been sitting at a family member's house since his death in 2003. "We appreciated what this woman did," Lewis said, "but she didn't pay for my father’s funeral." He explains the family moved the ashes to a family plot because "it's where everybody else will be buried." The AP reports, however, the remains were returned to their original resting place earlier this month. The Lewises are due in court Nov. 18.

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Aug 26, 2014 5:49 PM CDT
Um --------desecration? The body was cremated into ashes, how much more desecration can there be?
Aug 21, 2014 10:38 AM CDT
If this had happend in the south. People would be all over it. But b/c this happend in a blue state, they get a free pass.
Aug 17, 2014 7:31 PM CDT
My grandfather was a chain smoker who died of emphysema. We keep his urn in the living room and use it as an ash tray at family events. Is this an honor or a desecration?