Harrison County coroner faces discrimination lawsuit

A local coroner says he’s ‘colorblind’ when it comes to spending public money at funeral homes, but attorneys for the six black-owned funeral homes say two white-owned companies receive a disproportionate share.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove testified Wednesday in the black-owned funeral homes’ discrimination lawsuit against the county and Hargrove.

Hargrove has jurisdiction over bodies that need autopsies that are unclaimed or are without pre-arrangements.

Plaintiff Attorney David Owens said more than 80 percent of county payments from 2012-2016 went to one white-owned funeral home where Hargrove said the county’s forensic pathologist had insisted on performing autopsies. The other white-owned funeral home received most of the remaining funds.


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