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Indictment Accuses Pair of Stealing Valuables From Corpses

November 11, 1987

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ A grand jury has indicted a former mortuary worker and his girlfriend on charges of stealing jewelry from corpses at three funeral homes.

The couple traveled to funeral homes, where they would sign guest registers with fictitious names and pay last respects to the dead, police said. While huddled over the coffins, police said, they would slip rings and other jewelry from the bodies and leave before the thefts were noticed.

Indicted Tuesday were Bruce Ian Williams, 29, and Christine Ward, 22, both of Abilene. Theft from a corpse is a third-degree felony. Maximum punishment would be up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Williams is being held in the Callahan County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond; Ward has been released on bond, police said.

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