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Competency exam ordered in Detroit body theft

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Clarence Bright was 93 years old when he died earlier this month. Clarence Bright was 93 years old when he died earlier this month.
Vincent Bright, 48 Vincent Bright, 48

DETROIT (AP) -- A man accused of stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery before it was buried has resisted a request for a mental-health exam.

Vincent Bright appeared in court Thursday and told a judge, "I knew what I was doing."

Police say Bright stole Clarence Bright's body from a cemetery on Jan. 14 and stored it in a home freezer, hoping for a resurrection. Judge Ruth Carter approved a prosecutor's request that Bright undergo a competency exam, a step that will suspend the case for at least two months.

The 48-year-old Bright is charged with disinterment of a body. He expressed dissatisfaction with his court-appointed attorney but after a break said he would stick with Gerald Karafa.

The next hearing is set for March 26.

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