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Published: Friday, January 18, 2013, 3:35 p.m.

Hopes for resurrection end with charges filed

  • Vincent Bright was charged Friday in the theft of his father's body from a Detroit cemetery after the corpse was found in a freezer in his basement.

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    Vincent Bright was charged Friday in the theft of his father's body from a Detroit cemetery after the corpse was found in a freezer in his basement.

DETROIT — A man accused of stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery with the hope of bringing him back to life was charged Friday and ordered held on a $75,000 bond.

Vincent Bright, 48, whom police say was keeping his father's body in the basement freezer of his home, was charged with disinterment of a body. He was arraigned by video from the Wayne County Jail.

"It's an unusual case, it's not something you see every day," Gerald Karafa, Bright's court-appointed lawyer, told the Detroit Free Press. Karafa said he had not spoken with his client.

The crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Clarence Bright's body disappeared from a cemetery on Monday morning, just hours before it was to be buried. Police arrested Bright and another man the next day after finding them with an empty casket in the back of their van.

Officers, acting on a tip from other family members, found the corpse in Vincent Bright's home on the city's east side.

Police Lt. Harold Rochon told The Detroit News that the son was religious and took the body hoping for it to be miraculously resurrected. Clarence Bright was 93 years old when he died.

Authorities say no charges have been brought against the other man because there was insufficient evidence.

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