Woman arrested over allegedly spitting on corpse in a coffin at funeral home

A grudge taken beyond the grave could prove costly for one woman in Texas who faces up to two years behind bars and a fine of up to $10,000, after allegedly spitting on a corpse in a funeral home.

Laurie Lynn Hinds is said to have walked straight up to the person's coffin and spat on their corpse, at the funeral home in Tyler, Texas last November, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by local station KLTV.

According to a witness cited in the affidavit, the 51-year-old had "animosity" toward the family of the deceased.

Hind was arrested and charged with state-jail felony abuse of a corpse on June 5.

In Texas law, "abuse of a corpse" is committed by anyone who "disinters, disturbs, damages, dissects" or "carries away" a human corpse.

Concealing, trafficking or transmitting the corpse out of state and treating it 'in an offensive manner' are also included under the offence.

In 2017, state lawmakers approved harsher penalties for people who abuse a corpse, elevating the crime from a misdemeanour to a state jail felony, punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and up to $10,000 in fines.

Unlike sentences in a county jail or prison, time in a Texas state jail must be served day for day, which means that prisoners do not get credit for good behaviour and early release dates.

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Among the advocates for harsher penalties were families who discovered their loved ones were left in varying stages of decay at the Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2014, KXAS-TV reported.

Eight bodies were found decomposing in caskets after the funeral home owners were evicted for not paying rent.

Owner Dondre Johnson was convicted of abuse of corpse charges and felony theft after prosecutors said he took money for cremation services and did not deliver the promised remains.

Hind posted a $2,500 (around £2,000) bond the day of after her arrest.

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