SC revokes funeral licenses for dismembering 'too tall' corpse

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COLUMBIA — The South Carolina funeral board has revoked the licenses of the funeral director and funeral home which handled a 6-foot-7 man whose legs apparently were cut to fit in his casket.

A state licensing spokesman said the Board of Funeral Service voted Monday to revoke the funeral directors' license of Michael Cave and the license of Cave Funeral Services of Allendale.

Spokesman Jim Knight says the board also fined Cave the maximum $500 and ordered him to pay $1,500 for the investigation.

Cave did not immediately return messages left at his home and business today.

The body of James Hines was exhumed earlier this year, following rumors that circulated after his death in 2004. His widow said investigators told her his legs had been cut off between the ankle and calf to fit the casket.

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