Man arrested for littering after placing flowers at the grave of his fiancée.
When an Alabama man went to the grave of his fiancée's father to place flowers, he was arrested for littering.
For the hand-built flower box he placed next to the grave of Hannah Leigh Ford, Winchester Hagans of Auburn faces criminal littering charges.
To put flowers at his fiancée's graveside, the heartbroken man told ABC affiliate WTVM.
A month after Hagans proposed to Ford, the 27-year-old was killed in a car accident.
The arrest warrant for Hagans was signed by the woman's father, Tom Ford, according to her bereaved boyfriend, who says this confounds him.
It was Hagans' idea to build the flower box, which featured a picture of the couple together, and to plant flowers in it because he said Hannah didn't like cut flowers.
It was a promise he kept even after she died: "I promised her I would never bring her cut flowers again," he said.
The city had informed him that the box was in violation of local regulations, but only if the family requested it.
Hagans didn't speak to Ford's father before signing the warrant for his arrest, which the local media couldn't get hold of.
In Hagans' words, "she was the love of my life; she was the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with,"