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ONLY ON FOX: Two of four men accused of Grandview Memorial arson appear in court

There could be more criminal charges coming from the troubles at a southern Indiana cemetery.  Monday, two of the four men accused of setting fire to the office at the Grandview Memorial Gardens were in court.

This crime has family ties, in a story you'll see Only on Fox.

Of the four men accused of the arson fire at the cemetery office, two are in jail, one is unaccounted for, and the fourth is the father of the cemetery's operator.

As he made his way into the courthouse, 26-year-old Warren "Buddy" Brooks had this to say:  "They're letting killers testify against people in court -- people who do drugs."

Brooks is charged with setting the fire that caused considerable damage to the office at the Grandview Memorial Gardens cemetery in April of 2007.  Brooks told the judge Monday he thinks he's being treated unfairly, and said that he had not spoken to his attorney prior to being indicted last week.

Brooks said, "The people who testified in this case are child molesters and murderers. People that like to kill people with drugs... (expletive deleted)...they're trying to get out of going to jail."

Prosecutors say 54-year old Gary Mefford paid Brooks and two other men to set the fire.  Mefford's son, Keith Mefford, is the cemetery's current operator.

The cemetery itself has been mired by troubles that include water-logged graves, civil lawsuits, and allegations that $4 million was stolen from the cemetery's trust.

Prosecutor Chad Lewis says, "The issues with the trust fund or whether there is missing money -- we are looking into that."

And Lewis says more indictments are possible:  "That is a potential.  We are still investigating. The Indiana State Police White Collar Crimes Division is investigating that, and we do not have their full report at this time."

Rick Tankersley, treasurer of the cemetery's volunteer committee, says, "It's really surprising because he's been out here with the committee, volunteered with us, helped us out, and all those things."

The cemetery's volunteer committee, which was created to provide oversight and upkeep at Grandview, is still in shock over the indictment of Gary Mefford.  Tankersley says he can't believe the man who helped repair the cemetery would try to destroy it.

With several civil lawsuits still pending, Monday's court proceedings mark the first criminal aspect of the issues at the Grandview Memorial Gardens.

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