Brothers accused of digging up graves, dumping remains

BRIDGEVIEW (AP) — The trial of two brothers accused of digging up graves, dumping human remains and reselling plots at a suburban Chicago cemetery is underway in Cook County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors alleged Wednesday that 51-year-old Keith Nicks and 44-year-old Terrence Nicks engaged in “cold and callous” acts that shattered the peace and tranquility of Burr Oak Cemetery.

They claim the brothers reburied bodies and dumped others at the Alsip cemetery between 2003 and 2009.

Investigators say the cemetery’s former director, 51-year-old Carolyn Towns, was “the mastermind” of the scheme uncovered by Cook County’s sheriff’s department.

Towns pleaded guilty in 2011, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. A fourth person, back-hoe operator Maurice Dailey, is awaiting trial.

Reforms have been put into place at Burr Oak, which is under new management.