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Autopsy: Chapel Hill man shot execution-style

Posted October 24, 2008
Updated June 3, 2014

— A Chapel Hill man was shot in the back of the head sometime in late July after being forced to dig his grave, a medical examiner said in an autopsy report released this week.

Authorities found the body of Joshua McCabe Bailey, 20, on Sept. 12 near Jordan Lake in Chatham County. Investigators said they believe he was killed and buried on July 29 in Orange County and that the body was later dug up and moved to Chatham County.

Bailey died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, according to the autopsy report. He might also have been shot a second time, based on injuries to his ribs and right arm, but the body was too decomposed to determine that definitively, the report said.

"This young man was forced to dig his own grave in Orange County on approximately July 29, 2008. He was then shot
and buried in the grave," Dr. Kevin Greene of the State Medical Examiner's Office wrote in the report.

Six men – Brandon Hamilton Greene, 26; Ryan Ladar Davis Lee, 20; Jack Johnson II, 19; Brian Gregory Minton, 18; Jacob Alexander Maxwell, 18, and Matt Johnson – face first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping charges in Bailey's death.

Three other people – Gregory Lee Minton, 41, Mishele Slade Minton, 37, and Chris Manley, 23 – each face a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.


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  • happymom Oct 24, 2008

    I have yet to see a possible motive in this case. I remember reading that this young man had a possible cognitive impairment, but that doesn't explain why he was targeted. Did this group lure him away? Did they assault him?

    My heart goes out to his family. Their pain remains no matter what the motive was. I will be keeping them in my prayers.

  • dogsrule12cheek Oct 24, 2008

    That is terrible i feel sorry for this Boys parents to not only have your child murdered but to find out how it happen so sad.

    Everyone involved should go to jail on a working farm dont just let them sit in a cell watch TV, or what ever else they get to do, If that was my child that was killed i would seek the highest punishment possible.

    Prayers to his parents.

  • lemonlake1958 Oct 24, 2008

    All of those people mentioned were involved? They hated one person that much!!

  • 4unot2no Oct 24, 2008

    If that was my son, I'd take care of the executions myself!!!

  • What The Deuce Oct 24, 2008

    Anybody know why this kid was killed?

  • Skywatch_NC Oct 24, 2008

    What a bunch of sick low lifes!

  • davidgnews Oct 24, 2008

    It would be a stretch to call these savages "people."

  • thought Oct 24, 2008

    ok- line them up- make them dig their grave and let them suffer as this guy did- but they will not be suffering for they deserve it!

  • vaulter Oct 24, 2008

    Has any motive been spoken about yet?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 24, 2008

    meh2: "I thought that executions were illegal here."

    There is currently a stay of all executions. But you can still be sentenced to death and put on Death Row. You just can't be executed yet. IF, and that's a BIG if, they come to common ground on the issues, then all on Death Row will be issued new execution dates. And all executions will be performed at that time.