Defense wants bone tested in backpack bones case
Posted April 2, 2013
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.