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Take your dead buddy cruising for a farewell wake

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Two men face charges in Denver for allegedly driving around with the body of a friend after discovering him dead. The pair bought drinks, dinner and took $400 from Jeffrey Jarrett’s bank, visiting a strip club before reporting his death, police said.

Robert Young, 43, and Mark Rubinson, 25, are charged with identity theft, criminal impersonation and abuse of a corpse…

The cause of death is not currently known, with police saying the results of toxicology tests may not be available for several weeks.

Mr Young discovered Jarrett’s body on 27 August 2011 when he arrived at his friend’s home after being offered the chance to stay there for a while, according to a statement of probable cause released by Denver police.

Instead of calling the police, though, he went to the restaurant where Mr Rubinson worked. The two men, both friends with Jarrett, put his body in the back seat of Mr Rubinson’s car and took it to Teddy T’s and Sam’s No 3 – both bars in Denver – before taking the body back to Jarrett’s home.

They continued to Viva Burrito, a Mexican restaurant, and Shotgun Willie’s, a strip club in nearby Glendale.

At Shotgun Willie’s they also withdrew $400 from Jarrett’s account…The two men stayed at Shotgun Willie’s until closing time, and reported Jarrett’s death to the police at around 04:00 in the morning.

Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson called the incident a “bizarre and unfortunate crime”.

He added: “This isn’t anything you want to have happen to a loved one. You want them treated with respect in death.”

Poisonally, I don’t see much wrong with friends toasting a peripatetic farewell – even with your own money. You haven’t much to do with it anymore.

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Written by Ed Campbell

September 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

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