Co-owner of Troubled Fort Worth Mortuary Out on Bond

The co-owner and manager of a Fort Worth funeral home where eight decaying bodies were discovered were released on bond early Saturday morning.

The Tarrant County Jail confirmed to NBC 5 that co-owner Dondre Johnson turned himself in and posted his bond around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday. He was not arrested and did not spend any time in jail. He faces seven corpse-abuse counts.

His wife Rachel Hardy Johnson also bonded out of the Mansfield jail overnight. NBC 5 and other media agencies photographed her arrest on Friday.  She also faces seven corpse-abuse counts. She manages the funeral home.

Abuse of a corpse, a Class A misdemeanor, is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000 per count.

Eight Bodies Found Unattended in Fort Worth Funeral Home

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office said seven of the eight bodies found Tuesday at the business were in advanced stages of decomposition, though none showed signs of trauma or foul play.

The property owner said he told the Johnsons about two weeks ago to vacate the building because they had not paid their rent, according to police,

Texas Funeral Service Commission records obtained by NBC 5 under the Texas open records law revealed a long paper trail of troubles for the Johnson Family Mortuary.

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