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Man with wife buried in yard required to pay appeal bond

The remains of Patsy Davis could soon be moved from her home off Broad Street in downtown Stevenson. The remains of Patsy Davis could soon be moved from her home off Broad Street in downtown Stevenson.
STEVENSON, AL (WAFF) -

A Jackson County may have lost his battle to keep his wife buried in his front yard in Stevenson.

The case was filed with the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on Friday.

As part of the stay to keep his wife buried James Davis had to put up a $10,000 appeal bond. He did not put up the money; now the city can seek to have her remains removed.

The remains of Patsy Davis could soon be moved from her home off Broad Street in downtown Stevenson.

Davis buried his wife here in 2009 as part of her dying wish despite objections from the city. The city filed suit to have her remains removed.

This summer, a Jackson County judge agreed and ordered her remains be removed but agreed to a stay of that order provided Davis put up an appeal bond.

Tuesday, the appeals court rejected Davis' request to not be required to have a bond or have a reduced bond.

City Attorney Parker Edmiston said he will get together with the sheriff, city officials, Davis' attorney and himself to determine when and where her remains will be removed.

Edmiston said he expects Davis did not comply and has threatened the sheriff, deputies, and anyone else in public statements who attempts to remove her.

Davis was unavailable for comment but his attorney hopes the city will not move forward. During his testimony in court, Davis said he buried her in front of his home without the city's permission because he felt it would be easier to get forgiveness than permission.

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