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Alleged Body Dumper Jeered In Georgia

The crematory operator accused of dumping hundreds of sets of human remains was released from jail as about a dozen people, mostly family members of the dead, shouted and jeered at him.

Ray Brent Marsh on Tuesday walked straight to the car of his attorney, who took off for Marsh's parents.

Marsh, 29, had been in custody since Feb. 17 for allegedly accepting money for cremations but never performing them. He's charged with 398 felony counts, including theft by deception and abuse of a body.

The operator of Tri-State Crematory had received many death threats in the months since his incarceration. Even so, Sheriff Steve Wilson said they wouldn't protect him beyond the parking lot of the jail and courthouse.

Marsh was held more than five months before bail was set at $159,000 on July 25, but his family needed an extra month to raise the $39,000 cash portion. He had a property bond of $120,000.

Complete and partial human remains of 339 bodies were found around the crematory property in February in storage buildings, in burial vaults, and in pits and the surrounding forest.

There had been threats Marsh would be shot or hanged when he was released from jail, said his lawyer, Ken Poston.

"My initial request was to go out the back door in the middle of the night. The sheriff said 'You're going out the front door,"' Poston said.

As a condition of his bail, Marsh will be confined to his parents' house and will wear an ankle monitor that electronically tracks his movements. Police will be sent if he leaves the area of the house without permission.

Deputies will make three unannounced visits each week and give him random alcohol and drug tests until his trial date, which has not been set.

Marsh took over the crematory near the Tennessee state line from his parents in 1996.