Judge Closing South Carolina Funeral Home That Cut Corpse Legs

A South Carolina judge has ordered the closing of a funeral home where a worker cut the legs off a body so it would fit in a casket.

Judge Deborah Durden on Tuesday upheld last month's decision by the state Funeral Board to revoke the license of Cave Funeral Home and owner Michael Cave.

Cave admitted in an administrative court that his Allendale funeral home cut the legs off 6-foot-7 James Hines five years ago and did not tell his family. Cave said he didn't want grieving relatives to suffer more.

Hines' widow said finding out what happened was like having her husband die a second time. A fired funeral home worker notified the family about a year ago.

Allendale is 75 miles southwest of Columbia.

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