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Domonique Smith Accused Of Necrophilia During Funeral Home Burglary

02/13/2015 08:01 pm ET | Updated Feb 13, 2015
Muscogee County Jail

A homeless man in Columbus, Georgia, is due in court Monday on charges he sexually assaulted a woman's remains during an alleged burglary in a funeral home.

Domonique Smith, 26, was arrested Monday after he was found with a bike reported stolen from a local funeral home, the Associated Press reports.

The suspect was found in a vacant home with other allegedly stolen items, like TVs and guns, according to the Daily Mail.

Smith was initially charged with second-degree burglary, entering an unoccupied dwelling, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by receiving stolen property.

A necrophilia charge was added Thursday after authorities discovered that a woman's body at the Hill Watson Peoples Funeral Service had been disturbed during the alleged burglary.

"The investigation led us to believe he had a sexual act with the woman's body," Columbus Police Dept. Capt. Gordon Griswould told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

The victim was not identified but Griswould told the paper her family has been notified about the allegations against Smith.

Despite the alleged crime, funeral director Cedric Hill said customers should not worry about the treatment of their deceased relatives.

"We look for the best protection and security for the families we have served in this community for 65 years," Hill said, according to the Metro.

Smith is currently in jail and due in court Monday to answer to the necrophilia charge. It carries a prison sentence of one to 10 years if he's guilty, according to 5NewsOnline.com.

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