The lawyer for a Tennessee cemetery owner accused of mishandling burials says a plea deal with prosecutors could be reached as early as Friday.

Coleman Garrett told a judge Thursday that he is negotiating with prosecutors on a plea agreement for his client, Jemar Lambert. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee set a Friday hearing to discuss their progress.

Lambert, owner of Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett, faces a theft of property charge for burying bodies on land that doesn't belong to the cemetery.

Lambert also is accused in a separate case of burying multiple bodies in the same grave. He has not been formally indicted in that case, which is still being investigated.

Lambert was arrested Thursday for violating terms of his bond by testing positive for marijuana.