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Man Charged With Digging Up His Grandma's Grave To Steal Jewelry From Coffin

She died in 2002.

A man allegedly dug up his own grandmother’s grave, 15 years after she died, in an attempt to steal jewelry from the coffin.

James Howard, along with Tea Jay Luster, are accused of digging up Emily Howard’s grave in a cemetery located in Martin County, Kentucky.

Family members were shocked when they found out who dug up their long-dead loved one.

"It hurt the family very much," George Jude, Emily's grandson-in-law, told WSAZ. "They really weren't expecting it to be part of the family that did it."

Police said that both Howard and Luster confessed, claiming that they wanted to sell the jewelry that was buried with the woman.

"They had to be in a bad mindset," Jude said, blaming drugs. "Anybody in their right mind I don't think would've been up there digging out a grave. They put in a lot of work. It's crazy."

Both men are charged with violating a grave. Although they dug up the grave all the way to the coffin, WYMT reports, they were unable to open the coffin.

[Photo: Martin County Sheriff’s Office]

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