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Man steals father's corpse; Plans to resurrect it through prayer

The Detroit man accused of stealing his father’s corpse from a cemetery in order to resurrect it was ordered this morning to undergo a competency exam. Vincent Bright, 48, will return to 36th District Court in Detroit in March for a hearing on the exam results. Wayne County prosecutors charged him with disinterment of a body. Bright could get up to 10 years in prison upon conviction. Investigators said Bright went to Gethsemane Cemetery in the 10700 block of Gratiot on Jan.14 and removed his 93-year-old father's body from a casket near a burial site. According to a Detroit police source, Bright told relatives that he stole his father's body to resurrect him through prayer. Police found Clarence Bright's body the next day, stuffed inside a freezer in his son's basement. Several of Bright’s relatives and friends attended the hearing today. At one point, a woman shouted from the audience, “We love you, Vincent.” He waved, lifting his shackled arms. Allen Harris, 48, of Detroit, said he has known Vincent Bright since kindergarten. He said Bright helps the community and called him a “good person.”


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