Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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January 16, 2014

Shoplifting suspect in Nashville died in Glasgow in 2011

NASHVILLE — A woman who died in Glasgow in 2011 was alive Wednesday in a Nashville court room, according to a report from WSMV-TV in Nashville.

Sarah Moretti was accused of shoplifting at Dillard's in Rivergate, but as court workers looked into her record, they found she was also arrested for shoplifting at the Macy's in Green Hills in 2011 and had never been prosecuted.

Moretti was set to face that charge in 2011 when something terrible happened: she died. At least, that's what a death certificate said.

On May 5, 2011, at her grandmother's house in Glasgow, Ky., Moretti died from a drug overdose, according to The Tennessean, and was cremated four days later, the death certificate states.

But when Moretti appeared in the Nashville courtroom on Wednesday, the judge was faced with an unusual motion.

"What date do we have in mind on the motion to resurrect?" asked Metro General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland.

Moreland and his staff worked to figure out whether the court even had the power to resurrect a person who had previously been declared dead on an official document.

But while court clerks were working, Moretti began to cut herself with a pen clip in the courtroom Wednesday. A court officer noticed her bleeding and she was placed under custody then removed to a hospital for evaluation.

Moretti is due back in court next week to face the theft charges as well as charges related to her faking her own death.

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