Rites of Passage: FW Mortuary Owners Face New Charges

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FORT WORTH, TX -- Call it the Fort Worth funeral home buried under six feet of controversy. Who could forget the Johnson Family Mortuary scandal?

Last summer, the co-owners, husband and wife Rachel and Dondre Johnson, were charged with abuse of a corpse. Cops found eight bodies in unsanitary conditions. Seven, they say, were severely decomposed.

And just recently, reports show the couple was indicted on felony theft charges after they reportedly accepted payments and dead bodies in exchange for services they never performed. Many of the bodies were supposed to be cremated.

Despite all that dirt, one family is looking to turn this place with an ominous past, into a possible opportunity.

Meet the owners of the Tree of Life Funeral Directors. They want to bring new life and light to this mortuary that's seen some dark days.

"We have seen several stories about the history of this location," said Andrew D. Simms, co-owner of Tree of Life Funeral Directors. "However, we are of no affiliation with the previous tenants here at this property. We are hoping to re-establish a presence, to where the people know that we can be trusted."

The newbies have only been in the mortuary for two weeks.

Here's hoping this mortuary's past can finally be laid to rest.