Legal dispute over cemetery decorations continues

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM)– A judge could make a decision soon about whether a grieving family has the right to decorate a child’s gravesite.

An injunction hearing continues Wednesday with testimony expected from the owner of Ashland Cemetery, Steve Ewing.

He removed decorations from the grave of Vinny Capozzi. The 8-year-old died four years ago of a rare childhood disease. His family said they decorate his plot because it helps them through the grieving process.

Ewing says the decorations are an eyesore and could harm cemetery workers.

Lou Capoozzi, Vinny’s dad, is suing for the right to decorate the grave. He testified that for four years, Ewing never objected to the decorations.

At the end of a hearing last week, the judge admonished both sides, saying the case has lots of  “resolvability”, suggesting the two sides should figure out a resolution among themselves.

Wednesday’s hearing is at 2 p.m. at the Cumberland County Courthouse.


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