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Fayette pastor fined for son's burial in North Union

| Monday, April 12, 2010

A Fayette County judge this morning imposed a $5,071 penalty on a pastor who buried his son in his church's backyard without obtaining the proper zoning.

North Union District Judge Wendy Dennis imposed the civil penalty on Pastor Ewing Marietta of Liberty Baptist Church following a hearing on a violation noticed issued through the county's planning office.

Marietta had the body of his 18-year-old son, Marcus, buried on the church grounds after the teen died in a July vehicle accident. Ewing Marietta said a family plot at a Dunbar cemetery was unacceptable because scrap metal from a neighboring property owner's business littered the site.

After the burial, Marietta sought a variance for a cemetery on the church's 5-acre, residentially zoned lot in North Union. The Zoning Hearing Board last month denied the request.

Marietta's attorney, Mark Rowan of Connellsville, said Ewing will appeal the penalty and the zoning board's denial.

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