ELYRIA, Ohio — The remains of an Ohio man who admitted beating his wife to death in 1993 have been buried inches from her grave, a decision the woman’s daughter calls horrifying.
The Chronicle-Telegram reports that the cremated remains of Marvin Dallas were buried this year over the grave of his wife, Mary Dallas, in Elyria, as outlined in his will.
Elyria Law Director Scott Serazin says it’s typical for husbands and wives to be buried together, but he and the funeral home didn’t know Marvin Dallas was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in his wife’s beating death.
Mary Dallas’ daughter Crystal Denn says she’s now working to have Marvin Dallas’ remains moved.
“Why does it make sense to bury a killer with his victim?” said Denn.
Marvin Dallas’ family says they don’t want to move his remains because that’s where he wanted to be buried.
“We’re not going to move his ashes,” Said his sister, Shirley Hill. “That’s where he wanted to be buried.”
Denn may have to live with the reminder of her mother’s violent death if Marvin Dallas’ relatives don’t agree to move his remains. According to Elyria Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka, the funeral home was simply following the wishes of his family, which is common procedure.