Judge dismisses lawsuit in John Dillinger exhumation case

INDIANAPOLIS – A judge says a relative of John Dillinger who wants to exhume the 1930s gangster’s gravesite needs the cemetery’s permission. Marion County Superior Court Judge Timothy Oakes granted Crown Hill Cemetery’s motion to dismiss Michael Thompson’s lawsuit shortly after Wednesday’s hearing, saying state law requires the cemetery’s consent. Thompson, who is Dillinger’s nephew, sued the cemetery after it objected to his plans to exhume the grave. Thompson says he has evidence that Dillinger’s body may not be buried there, and may not have been the man FBI agents fatally shot outside a Chicago theater in 1934,