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article imageTwo men charged in real-life 'Weekend At Bernie's' crime

By Kim I. Hartman     Sep 16, 2011 in Crime
Denver - Two men are accused of abusing a corpse after they allegedly drove around the city with a dead friend in the car, using his ATM card to withdraw money to spend at a strip club and to pay for food and drinks.
In a bizarre, real-life version of 'Weekend at Bernie's' the two men, who were identified as Robert Jeffery Young, 43, and Mark Rubinson, 25, admitted to police when they found their friend unresponsive they loaded him into the back of their car and headed out for a night on the town, bringing his body and wallet along to pay for the fun.
The police report said that Young and Rubinson took the body of Jeffrey Jarret to two different nightclubs, leaving him outside in the car for 90 minutes while they ran up a bill they paid for with the dead man's ATM card. They said after a few rounds they went back to Jarret's home and carried him inside, placing him on the bed.
Then they went to Viva Burrito and used his debit/credit card to purchase food. After eating their Mexican meal they went to a 7-11 store and purchased gas for Rubinson's vehicle. After fueling up the duo went to Shotgun Willy's strip bar and stayed till closing. While at the strip club they admitted they helped themselves to $400 of Jarret's money using the ATM card to secure the cash they spent on the adult dancers.
While at the bar the men reportedly went outside and flagged down a police car and told officers they thought their friend was dead at his home. Denver Health Paramedics responded to the home where Jarret was pronounced dead.
The men were taken in for questioning by Denver Police. They admitted to investigators that they used Jarret's ATM card without his permission or prior consent to pay for their night of drinking. They allegedly told officers they were sure Jarret was dead before they went to the first nightclub.
The men were charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation, reports the Denver Post.
Jarret's family is outraged over the incident, according to CBS News. A family member, who described Jarret as a loving father, said, “Taking a deceased person in a car, I mean, it just seems totally wrong. I’m horrified, I’m absolutely, I can’t even put in to words, I can’t imagine anybody thinking that maybe their friend is in trouble and not calling 911. It’s terrible, it’s just something that we’re really having trouble coming to terms with."
Young posted a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 27. Rubinson posted a $3,500 bond and has a court date scheduled for Oct. 4. Both men will appear before the Denver County Court, reports the AP.
Reuters reported an autopsy had been performed by the Denver medical examiner's office. A final report on the cause of death will be issued after the results of the toxicology tests are received.
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