Texas mortuary owners face more charges in unattended bodies

DALLAS (AP) — Additional charges have been filed against the owners of a Fort Worth mortuary business where authorities last summer found several decaying bodies left unattended.

Tarrant County prosecutors announced Tuesday that Dondre Johnson and Rachel Hardy have each been indicted on felony theft charges. Prosecutors allege the couple accepted payments for services they never provided.

Johnson and Hardy previously were charged with multiple counts of abuse of a corpse. Hardy also is accused in an unrelated matter of theft of public money for fraudulently receiving public assistance.

They have denied wrongdoing.

Johnson Family Mortuary closed in July due to nonpayment of rent.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said seven of the eight bodies found there were in advanced stages of decomposition, though none showed signs of trauma or foul play.

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