Competency Exam Ordered In Detroit Body Theft

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A man accused of stealing his 93-year-old father’s body from a Detroit cemetery before it was buried has resisted a request for a mental-health exam.

Vincent Bright appeared in court Thursday and told a judge, “I knew what I was doing.” The 48-year-old is charged with disinterment of a body, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

Police say Bright stole Clarence Bright’s body from Gethsemane Cemetery on Jan. 14, just hours before it was to be buried, and stored it in a home freezer, hoping for a resurrection.

Judge Ruth Carter approved a prosecutor’s request that Bright undergo a competency exam, a step that will suspend the case for at least two months.

Bright expressed dissatisfaction with his court-appointed attorney but after a break said he would stick with Gerald Karafa. He’s due back in court on March 26.

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