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Judge orders man to move grave from front yard

STEVENSON, Ala. (AP) - A judge is ordering a north Alabama man to remove his wife's grave from his front yard.

The Daily Sentinel of Scottsboro reports that James E. Davis buried his wife Patsy in their front yard in Stevenson after she died in 2009. The Jackson County Health Department had approved the establishment of a cemetery on the property from a sanitary standpoint.

But the Stevenson City Council blocked the man's request to bury the woman at their home. The paper says Davis buried the woman in the yard nine days later.

A 3-year court fight followed, and Circuit Judge Jenifer Holt ruled Friday that the man must remove his late wife's remains from their front yard. The work doesn't have to begin immediately since Davis has 30 days to appeal.

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