Jury Finds Former Funeral Home Owner Guilty in Theft Case

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fort Worth funeral home owner found guilty of theft.

It was after more than half a dozen decaying bodies were found inside the Johnson Family Mortuary that Dondre Johnson was charged with two felony counts of theft. Johnson’s attorney, Alexander Kim, told the jury that the state did not prove its case and that his client had no power to change the course of events.

After the bodies were initially discovered in July of 2014, Lupe Vasquez, who’s sister’s body was found abandoned in that Fort Worth funeral home, said, “These are bodies that even though they are gone they’re still… they belong to somebody. He said the services paid by Margaret Francois, Michelle Jones and Eric Jones all totals more than $1,500, which meets the burden of the felony theft charges. “Mr.

Kim said Johnson’s wife had control of all the money needed to fulfill the promises that were made to families. “You hold each employee accountable for the activity of its owner, it’s not fair,” Kim said. “Rachel ran the show. In June his wife and former funeral home co-owner, Rachel Johnson, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for felony food stamp fraud. (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. Defense attorney Alex Kim, appointed by the court to represent Dondre Johnson, argued the state failed to meet its burden of proof of theft and a scheme to deprive people of their money. He re-iterated that Rachel Hardy, Johnson’s wife, was the owner of the business, was the only name on the business bank accounts, and is therefore responsible for the alleged thefts.

She did the payroll, decided when people came to work, and issued reprimands when mistakes were made, said Michael Jefferson, who worked at mortuary in 2013. Kim presented evidence that Hardy-Johnson was paying for mortuary and personal expenses from the bank account she used for her tax preparation business, Mighty Dollar Tax Services. Johnson hide behind Rachel Hardy, when he’s the one accepting the money, he’s the one giving ashes, the one putting buckets under the bodies,” Mody said. “It’s Mr. Dana Austin, a forensic anthropologist at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, who testified that the cremated remains found in the mortuary could not all be identified.

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