ALBANY — Johnny Litman III of J.L. Litman Memorial Funeral Home entered into a pre-trial plea intervention that could have his case dismissed, according to a Dougherty County court official.
“He (Litman) has entered a pre-trial resolution to his case,” Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said. “It is an agreement that he must meet terms in order to have his case dismissed. One of the terms is that he must make restitution to the families he sold the burial vaults to.”
A six-count grand jury indictment on March 28 stated Litman “did unlawfully receive a funeral vault, the property of Floral Memorial Gardens with a value greater than $500 that the accused should have known was stolen.”
Litman has maintained his innocence in the purchases since he was informed of his indictment. In a telephone conversation Thursday he said that he volunteered immediately to make retribution to the purchasers of the vaults.
“The case will be dismissed,” Litman said, “and my record will be expunged. They don’t do that unless you are innocent.”
Floral Memorial Gardens employees Nathaniel Perry and Charles Lamont Pitts were indicted for stealing six burial vaults and lawnmowers. Litman paid $145 each for the vaults, which were listed by the cemetery as selling for $810 unlined and $1,040 with lining. Litman sold them to customers for an unspecified sum.
Litman does not have to testify against Perry and Pitts as part of his intervention plea, Edwards said. Perry and Pitts could also reach a plea deal, he added.
“His testimony might be sought if the cases go to trial based on the evidence we have,” Edwards said. “But everyone has a right to take a plea before going to trial.”