November 6, 1973: Michael Martin and Phil Kaufman were charged and fined $300 each for the theft of a coffin containing Gram Parsons body. The court heard that the two men were merely carrying out Parson’s wishes to be cremated in the desert.
Police had arrested Phil Kaufman, 38, Parsons’ road manager, and Michael Martin, 26, reported to have been a roadie with the Byrds during Parsons’ one year with the group. They were booked on suspicion of grand theft and released on $1000 bond.
David Caffrey’s 2004 film took a few liberties with the story — as Hollywood often does — but it’s close enough for fun.