Judge Closes South Carolina Funeral Home That Cut Corpse Legs

A South Carolina judge has ordered the closure of a South Carolina funeral home where a worker cut off the legs of a body to fit in a casket.

Judge Deborah Durden ruled after a hearing Tuesday that last month's decision by the state Funeral Board to revoke the license of Cave Funeral Home and owner Michael Cave should stand.

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 the family. Cave said he didn't want the grieving family to suffer more.

Hines' widow said finding out what happened was like having her husband die a second time.

Allendale is 75 miles southwest of Columbia.