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Man Caught Digging Up Grave Arrested

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A man admits he tried to dig up his late father's body in a Lincoln County cemetery.

Michael May is charged with violating a grave, possession of marijuana, and public intoxication.

On Monday night, Lincoln County Constable, Delbert Mitchell said he saw a truck parked outside of Pilot Baptist Church in the county so he went into the cemetery to investigate.

"I went back and hollered for him to step back in the light and he told me to step back to the dark. That's when I went and got my flashlight. He started hollering out [Bible] verses at me," Constable Mitchell said. "He told me he was trying to dig his dad up, so his dad could go to Heaven." 

May's father died nearly four decades ago.

While behind bars in Lincoln County, May told LEX 18's Josh Breslow that he was trying to dig up his father and said a Bible verse led him to do it.

Reporter: "Do you believe that you belong here in jail?"
Suspect: "No."
Reporter: "Tell me why."
Suspect: "I didn't do nothing wrong."

Reporter: "Do you feel that you were violating a grave?"
Suspect: "No, no."

Suspect: "I see the truth.. he needs to be on the ground. Not under it."

Constable Mitchell said he is familiar with May and this didn't seem like him. The suspect's friends agree.

Investigators said they worry what might have happened if the constable had not shown up. They also said it appeared that May was "under the influence" at the time of the incident.

When asked if he would continue trying to dig up his father's body, May said: "It's a possibility. If the truth doesn't come out and nobody sees the truth, yeah I'll do it again."

May is expected to appear in court on Monday.

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