Independence County Coroner Hardy Willis has been acquitted by an Arkansas federal court jury of a charge of distributing marijuana found hidden in a casket in a funeral home van.
Prosecutors charged Willis after a man was arrested in Texas on June 23, 2009, driving a van belonging to a funeral home. Investigators said they found 100 pounds of marijuana, hidden inside a casket. Willis reported the van stolen the day after the arrest.
Willis, who lost a bid for re-election this year, said he might run for coroner again in 2012.