Funeral Director Charged with Abuse of Corpses, Falsifying Info Waives Preliminary Hearing
A Lancaster County funeral director waived a preliminary hearing Monday morning on all charges regarding abuse of corpses and falsified death certificates.
District Judge Joshua Keller ordered 49-year-old Andrew T. Scheid face eight charges – four felony counts of tampering with public records/information and four misdemeanor counts of abuse of a corpse – in Lancaster County Court.
Scheid remains free on $250,000 unsecured bail.
Scheid appeared in person at the preliminary hearing (with a civil attorney) and signed paperwork regarding the waiver, according to Assistant District Attorney Gregory Seiders, lead prosecutor.
District Judge Keller discussed Scheid’s rights and that Scheid was waiving the hearing voluntarily – Scheid confirmed he was.
Scheid, owner of Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home, is presumed innocent.
The charges regard actions in December 2019 and January 2020 at the Manor Township funeral home location – specifically, Scheid’s handling of bodies at the funeral home, and for making knowingly false entries on death certificates.
Manor Township police Detective Tricia Mazur and Lancaster County Detective Brent Shultz, lead investigators, also appeared at Monday’s proceeding.
Several relatives of the decedents impacted by Scheid’s alleged conduct also were present.
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