Man charged in theft of dad's corpse from cemetery

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A Detroit man could face up to 10 years behind bars for allegedly trying to bring his dead father back to life.

Vincent Bright, 48, was charged in 36th District Court with one count of disinterment of a dead body.

Investigators believe Bright stole the casket and body of Clarence Bright, 93, from the Gethsemane Cemetery on Monday.

On Tuesday, officers located Bright with a van carrying a casket, but the body was missing. Hours later, investigators found the father's body at Bright's home in a freezer. Sources tell 7 Action News Bright wanted to resurrect his father.

"I think it's an unusual case for anyone to take on," said Gerald Karafa, Bright's attorney. "It's not something that you see every day."

"Given the circumstances of the case, it would indicate the defendant has mental health issues that need to be addressed," said Latoya Willis, the prosecuting attorney. "We're asking the bond to be set high to protect not only the people but the defendant himself."

Going above the prosecution's request, Magistrate Millicent Sherman set the bond at $75,000.

A 38-year-old man was also taken into custody at the time of Bright's arrest. Charges have not been brought against that man.

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