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Another Body Parts Case Results in Indictment

Another Body Parts Case Results in Indictment

By Burg Simpson
April 10, 2020
2 min read

Another Body Parts Case Results in Indictment in Colorado

Law Week Colorado recently interviewed Burg Simpson shareholders David TeSelle and Michael Burg about the ongoing Sunset Mesa “Body Parts” case. Sunset Mesa is a Montrose, Colorado-based funeral home accused of selling entire bodies or body parts without the consent of the families of the deceased.

David TeSelle, the leader of Burg Simpson’s commercial litigation team said, “The number one reason for us getting involved in filing these suits is to find out what has happened to all of the loved ones’ bodies.”

From 2010 to 2018, the defendants, Megan Hess and Shirley Koch purportedly provided burial and cremation services through their operation at the Sunset Mesa Funeral Home. They also owned a body broker service called the Sunset Mesa Foundation that operated from the same location. Although the Hess and Koch offered cremation services, many of the cremations never occurred. The bodies were sold and the grieving families were given urns of cement dust.

Last week, U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn announced the arrest of the operators of the Sunset Mesa Funeral Home.

In November of 2019, the Burg Simpson team tried another “Body Parts” case against the Biological Resource Center (BRC) in Arizona. The BRC case went to trial resulting in a $58,500,000.00 verdict, one of the largest verdicts in the history of the state.

Click here to read the Sunset Mesa Interview

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