2 arrested, including grandson, after woman's grave dug up in Martin Co.

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INEZ, Ky. (WKYT)- Two men have been arrested in Martin County after they allegedly unearthed a grave of a woman buried for almost 15 years.

One of the men arrested was the woman's grandson.

Martin County Sheriff's deputies arrested 26-year-old Tea Jay Luster and 33-year-old James Z. Howard in connection with the grave disturbance on Sunday, July 30.

Emily Howard died in November 2002 and was buried in Stacy's Cemetery near Peter Cave Lake. Martin County Sheriff John Kirk says he received a complaint from a visitor to the cemetery and discovered the grave dug until the coffin was exposed.

Police say Howard told Luster that he would pay him 100 dollars to help uncover the grave.

A family member had said before arrests were made that all that was inside the coffin was a porcelain doll and pictures.

The two men were charged with violating graves, and it is unclear if they have lawyers at this time.

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