Burr Oak suspect released on bond

October 22, 2009 (CHICAGO) The woman charged as part of the Burr Oak Cemetery investigation was released from jail. Carolyn Towns posted bond and walked out of jail on Thursday afternoon. She was being held on $250,000 bond.

Towns was the manager of the cemetery in suburban Alsip. She and three others are accused of digging up gravesites and then reselling the plots and pocketing the money.

Carolyn Towns stepped out of jail wearing a blue dress and white t-shirt. She walked out with a companion and refused to answer any questions about the charges she faces. And she didn't respond when asked about the dozens of families who have relatives buried at Burr Oak Cemetery, including Emmett Till.

Prosecutors say Towns was the mastermind who led three gravediggers to dump and stack bodies in the cemetery.

Also charged in the scheme are Maurice Daily, a backhoe operator; Terrence Nicks, a dump truck driver; and his brother Keith Nicks, the gravediggers' foreman.

They are all charged for desecrating human remains for almost six years. And prosecutors say the defendants made hundreds of thousands of dollars doing so.

Once the alleged scheme was uncovered, dozens of relatives who have loved ones buried at Burr Oak went to the cemetery, demanding answers.

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