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Man agrees to remove wife's grave from front yard

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James Davis holds a photo of his late wife, Patsy Davis, on the porch of their home in Stevenson, Ala. (Associated Press/Chattanooga Times Free Press) James Davis holds a photo of his late wife, Patsy Davis, on the porch of their home in Stevenson, Ala. (Associated Press/Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man has agreed to remove his wife's remains from his front yard after a four-year fight to keep her grave next to the house where they lived together.

James Davis testified at a court hearing Wednesday that he will hire a contractor to remove the body of his late wife, Patsy, and have it cremated. A judge still must approve the plan.

The court ordered the 74-year-old Davis to remove the body after the city of Stevenson won a lawsuit arguing the grave amounted to an illegal cemetery and had to be removed.

The City Council rejected Davis' request for a cemetery permit for his yard after his wife died in April 2009, but he buried her a few feet from the front porch anyway.

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