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Defense wants bone tested in backpack bones case

Posted April 2, 2013

— A Mebane man charged with killing a woman and toting her remains around in a backpack wants the state Supreme Court to review his case.

Michael Dorman, 34, was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday so lawyers could discuss plans to have a doctor examine the one remaining bone to see if DNA testing could be done on it. The case was continued until May 6.

Dorman 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 Lakiea Lacole Boxley, 31, 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 a three-judge panel last September.

Dorman has been in jail since his July 2010 arrest, even though the murder charge was dropped for 18 months before the state Court of Appeals ruled in February that a judge incorrectly dismissed it.

Defense attorney Lawrence Campbell sought a $50,000 bond for Dorman in March, but Assistant Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols argued that the bond should be increased, not lowered, because of Dorman's previous criminal record and the severity of the charge.

Judge Orlando Hudson ruled that Dorman's bond would remain at $150,000.

It was Hudson who dismissed the murder charge in August 2011, saying that former District Attorney Tracey Cline had conspired with police and state agents to deny Dorman's right to a fair trial by destroying key evidence.

The case helped escalate a feud between Hudson and Cline, who shortly thereafter began publicly accusing the judge of corruption and attempts to undermine criminal prosecutions.


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  • more cowbell Apr 2, 2013

    If I had a face like that, I would go to Hollywood and get rich making horror films. This guy is scarry in the daylight.

  • sjb2k1 Apr 2, 2013

    sets a dangerous precedent with what hudson did - so when they figure out who someone is and that they were murdered, the family can't have the body back until after police possibly find who did it and that person's defense has had a chance to examine it? what if it takes 30 years? too bad sorry you can't bury your kid?

  • mor664 Apr 2, 2013

    why was he in jail if they dropped the charges. Can they prove he murdered her beyond resonable doubt or will it be a waste of time and money.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Apr 2, 2013

    Does anyone really believe his story...he found a dead body (of a woman in the oldest profession) and kept her body for sexual reasons??? You can look in his face...there is something missing. Whether he murdered this woman or not...he should not be on the streets.

  • faycop4ncstate Apr 2, 2013

    "Court of Appeals ruled in February that a judge incorrectly dismissed it."

    What a shocker! Judge Orlando Hudson is amazing.

  • Obamacare rises Apr 2, 2013

    Hey, look who's back on the front page.

  • Relic Apr 2, 2013

    Wow. Just when you thought this weird case could not get any stupider or cost the taxpayers any more money.