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Crematory Owner Charged With 100 More Crimes

Tuesday, 26 February 2002 12:00 AM

An additional 100 felony charges of theft by deception were filed against Brent Marsh, who already faced 16 counts for allegedly dumping bodies after accepting money for cremations at Tri-State Crematorium in Noble, a small town about 90 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Walker County Emergency Services Director David Ashburn said remains of 339 people have been recovered at the crematory site since Feb. 15. Of those, 74 have been identified.

Ashburn said human remains found in a burial pit on Tuesday were deeper than those previously recovered near the crematory. "We may have to look a lot deeper over the whole area," he said.

Walker County Magistrate Judge Sheila Thompson issued the new warrant against Marsh at the request of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The charges were filed just a few hours after Walker County Magistrate Judge Jerry Day said Marsh could be released on $100,000 bond on the 16 earlier charges.

Day said there was "insufficient evidence" to suggest that Marsh planned to flee the area or would pose a threat to the community.

Georgia Medical Examiner Dr. Kris Sperry said heat-seeking aircraft have been able to identify areas on the 16-acre crematorium grounds that appear to have been dug up or disturbed.

"Many of these areas we identified on the ground were places that we had already seen ourselves and had already marked for further excavation," Sperry said.

"There were other areas, though, that we had not fully appreciated, that they could see much better from the air," he said.

Marsh is under a suicide watch, segregated from other prisoners at Walker County Jail.

His attorney, Ken Poston, hinted that bail bondsmen in the county were unwilling to post bond for Marsh because they are appointed by the county's sheriff.

"This is just something I think you all need to know about where bondsmen get their rights to operate within a county and who they serve at the pleasure of. You can draw your own conclusions," Poston said.

"I would imagine they have an interest in keeping their position in a county of being the bondsmen," he said.

Prosecutors said Friday that it was dangerous to release Marsh on bond because of threats against his life. "Everyone is angered by this outrage," Sheriff Steve Wilson said.

Officials have said it will take months to complete the sophisticated DNA tests being used to identify some of the remains.

County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said federal officials have rejected Georgia's request for federal disaster assistance in paying the costs of the recovery.

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