Owners of central Arkansas funeral home plead not guilty to corpse abuse charges

Three administrators of a now-closed central Arkansas funeral home have pleaded not guilty to corpse abuse charges.

Arkansas Funeral Care co-owners 86-year-old Leroy Wood and his son, 61-year-old Rodney Wood, pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. Edward Snow, who served as the manager of day-to-day operations at the funeral home, also pleaded not guilty.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1KUwWAP ) reports that the three each face 13 charges after regulators found bodies stacked on top of each other and some stored outside of a freezer earlier this year.

The funeral home in Jacksonville was shut down Jan. 23. The three men were arrested in June.

A hearing has been set for Nov. 19, and a jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 3 before Circuit Judge Chris Piazza.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com