Man pleads not guilty to stealing bodies from cemetery

Amador Medina (Photo provided by the Hartford Police Dept.)

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Connecticut man has pleaded not guilty to stealing human remains from a Massachusetts cemetery — crimes that authorities say were apparently related to Santeria religious practices.

Amador Medina, of Hartford, entered the pleas Thursday in Worcester. A judge kept Medina’s bail at $100,000.

Medina and Felix Delgado, of Bridgeport, have been charged in the thefts of eight skeletons from Hope Cemetery in Worcester. Delgado pleaded not guilty last week.

Authorities say both Medina and Delgado told police they were Santeria priests. Santeria mixes Roman Catholicism with a traditional African faith and is widely practiced in the Caribbean.

Police say they found human remains at the homes of Medina and Delgado.

Medina’s next hearing is March 30. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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