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Bond for Galilee Memorial Gardens owner denied

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All these people have loved ones buried at Galilee and want the judge to know they wish to have Lambert remain in jail without bond. All these people have loved ones buried at Galilee and want the judge to know they wish to have Lambert remain in jail without bond.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee had harsh words for Jemar Lambert, owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens cemetery.

"It is an offense to mankind to do what Mr. Lambert has allegedly done," said Coffee.

Bond has been denied for Lambert, who is accused of stacking multiple bodies in burial plots.

"My daughter was buried in Galilee cemetery, and I'm not certain she's there," said Shirley Herron.

Herron, and dozens of others with loved ones buried at Galilee, showed up to court with a request.

"They would like things to stay status quo. They thought Judge Coffee's original ruling was correct and they're here to show support for that," said Howard Manis, the attorney for the heartbroken Galilee Families.

Lambert's mother took the stand in an attempt to convince Coffee he is not a danger to the community or a flight risk.

"He's a good kid," said Mary Lambert. "And we would not allow him to do anything that is not pleading in the eyesight of God."

Dozens of Lambert's family members also showed up to support him and to ask the judge for a low bond. His defense attorney submitted 52 character letters on his behalf.

According to the judge, many of the letters claim they believe Lambert's current legal trouble is created by a "media witch hunt."

But investigators working the case say they continue to field phone calls from people who say their loved ones graves are now "disturbed," approximately 250 according to officials.

In his ruling, Judge Coffee said he believes there is a likelihood of conviction and that Lambert was already out on bond when he committed more crimes.

"It is probably unlike anything the state of Tennessee has ever seen," said Coffee.

And while Lambert's defense attorney is not pleased, many others who came to the hearing are.

"I think he needs a little time, maybe more time to reflect on what is going on," said Herron.

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