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Court: Mebane man should stand trial in backpack bones case

Posted February 19, 2013

— The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a judge erred when he dismissed charges against a Mebane man found carrying a woman's remains in his backpack.

Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson dismissed the charge against Michael Dorman in August 2011 amid a simmering feud with then-District Attorney Tracey Cline.

Hudson ruled that Cline conspired with police and state agents to destroy key evidence – the remains of 31-year-old Lakiea Lacole Boxley – depriving Dorman of his right to a fair trial.

The state Court of Appeals disagreed Tuesday and ruled that Dorman should stand trial.

Dorman, 34, was arrested in July 2010 after one of his friends told authorities that Dorman admitted to killing a prostitute and had asked him to help dispose of her remains, which he had in a backpack.

An autopsy determined that Boxley, who had been missing since March 2008, might have been shot in the head. Dorman told investigators that he only found the remains and planned to use them for his sexual gratification.

Boxley's family cremated her remains shortly after Dorman was indicted, a move that prevented the defense from conducting its own tests.

Allowing the remains to be cremated never gave Dorman the opportunity to back up that claim, his attorney, Ann Peterson, told the three-judge panel last September.

The medical examiner is required under state law to release remains to the next of kin after all needed tests are completed, according to Special Deputy Attorney General Robert Montgomery.

Despite the dismissal in 2011, Dorman remained in custody under a $150,000 bond until the appeal was resolved.

Cline's attorney, Hudson speak out

Tuesday's appeals court ruling upholds the view of Cline, who lost her job after publicly criticizing Hudson's decisions dismissing charges against Dorman and Derrick Allen, who had been convicted of killing a 2-year-old girl.

Cline is now appealing a separate judge's decision removing her from her elected position for bringing her office into disrepute.

In a statement emailed to WRAL News on Tuesday, Cline's attorney, Patrick Mincey, said the Court of Appeals ruling "appears to be another instance which helps to define a cascading series of events and the underlying circumstances in which Ms. Cline so famously spoke out."

Hudson also commented Tuesday and said Cline "was removed from office for her actions, not mine."

"She doesn't concern me. I was just re-elected, and I'll still be here," Hudson said.

As for the Court of Appeals ruling, Hudson said the court determined his decisions were premature, not necessarily wrong, because Dorman hadn't faced trial yet.


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  • dollibug Feb 20, 2013

    OMG....there are *MANY JUDGES* who makes all kinds of errors....is it lack of communication and training or WHAT?
    When a person goes into a court room they have just a few minutes of time to try to *explain the issue at hand*.....I am thinking that some judges DO NOT EVEN LISTEN OR REVIEW what has been placed in front of them. Something is really VERY WRONG WITH THE ENTIRE JUDICIAL SYSTEM. There is a lot of *corruption and cover up*....and someone needs to get to the bottom of this. Everyone is entitled to *JUSTICE*

  • zenonx6 Feb 20, 2013

    Put the poor thing somewhere before he really does something bad.

  • weesiebaby Feb 19, 2013

    Thank You NC Court of Appeals............I hope Ms. Cline gets her job back.

  • oleguy Feb 19, 2013

    hUDSON HAS iSSUES,, My fingers also,,,Our court system is a joke,, the lawyers and Judges have taken over,,, There is a good possibility if you go to court you will be mistreated and improperly judged,,, We the people need to take control, Vote these loosers out of office

  • stymieindurham Feb 19, 2013

    Anyone know where his office is in the "new" courthouse? He get's the top floor. The penthouse!!

  • stymieindurham Feb 19, 2013

    Go back into the polling data and see where he got his votes from. He should have never been put back in office.

  • stymieindurham Feb 19, 2013

    "She doesn't concern me. I was just re-elected, and I'll still be here," This tells you all you need to know about him. He use to be a straight-up guy when he was an assistand D/A. But now, nah.

  • kodac31 Feb 19, 2013

    Judge Orlando Hudson is one of the most arrogant and egotistical Judges in this entire State. He presides like he is a King instead of a Judge...and quiet honestly Judge Hudson enjoys finding ways to let criminals get off their charges or released from prison..like the Peterson murderer who sits at home after killing 2 wives. Just LOOK at his arrogant response to this story "she doesn't concern me. I was just re-elected, AND I'LL STILL BE HERE" he is literally RUBBING HIS KING LIKE ATTITUDE IN THE FACE OF D.A. CLINE, whom he completely mistreated, slandered her name, accused her falsely of things...Judge Hudson is a disgrace to the Judicial system and If the State of NC actually had a Judicial Review board that took matters seriously Judge Hudson would long ago have been impeached and removed from the bench! AS HE SHOULD...HE NEEDS TO GO!! The injustice he has done to D.A. Cline is unremarkable! Ms. Cline you have the support of the community for standing up to this "wanna be king"!!!

  • Ex-Republican Feb 19, 2013

    This is one scary sick dude. He needs to be isolated from the rest of society.

  • indrdw Feb 19, 2013

    Hudson sounds kind of arrogant and scary at the same time. The statement he made that he was just reelected and that he would still be there were so in your face. People like this in high offices should worry us. Sounds like Cline allowed the remains to go by law. Not sure all that went on with Cline but Hudson's words speak pretty loud about where he thinks he is.