Florida Man Threatened to Snort Dead Woman Ashes

By Suzan Clarke

Apr 18, 2012 6:30am
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Polk County Sheriff

A Florida man is under arrest after police say he stole a dead woman’s ashes and said he was going to snort them.

Joseph Pointer, 51, of Lakeland, was arrested on Thursday by authorities in Polk County.  He was charged with grand theft.

Pointer is accused of stealing Melissa Williamson’s ashes. According to the Lakeland Ledger, Williamson is the deceased sister of Angela Speakman, with whom Pointer lived briefly this month.

Speakman’s mother said Pointer drove past her home on Wednesday and shouted: “I’ve got your dead daughter’s ashes and I’m going to snort them,” the Ledger reported.

Williamson died in a car crash in 2008.

According to court documents, Pointer also has a long list of prior offenses, including for domestic violence, dealing in stolen property and drug possession.

Records show Pointer was held on $1,000 bail on this latest charge.

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