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Crouch found not guilty in cemetery case

For almost two hours earlier today, Judge J. Martin Bass listened to confusing testimony about bronze grave markers in the case of Robert Ray Crouch.

Crouch, who turns 45 next week, was charged with grand larceny for taking 21 markers from a King George County cemetery office and selling them for scrap.

But, as the judge pointed out, the evidence didn’t prove conclusively which had been taken, from where or to whom they belonged in the first place.

“This court can’t sort this one out,” Bass said, adding he’d heard about “markers upstairs, markers downstairs and markers owned by a company that doesn’t exist anymore.”

He found Crouch not guilty because he said Commonwealth’s Attorney Matt Britton didn’t meet the burden of proof.

Yesterday’s bench trial was the latest in a convoluted string of events surrounding Historyland Memorial Park, off U.S. 301 in King George.

Read more in tomorrow’s Free Lance-Star.