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Jury finds cemetery was not negligent in death of boy killed by falling tombstone

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Posted at 10:40 PM, Oct 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-30 09:39:52-04

PARK CITY, Utah — A jury in Park City determined Thursday night the Glenwood Cemetery Association was not guilty of negligence when a tombstone fell, killing a 4-year-old boy from Lehi.

Carson Cheney and his family were in the cemetery taking pictures in July of 2012 when the tombstone fell and killed the boy.

The family claimed the historic headstone was improperly maintained and therefore dangerous, but the cemetery maintained the headstone was stable before the child started climbing on it.

According to Utah State Courts officials, the jury began deliberating just after 5 p.m. Thursday and returned a verdict about four hours later.