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Judge considers dismissing case involving bones in backpack

Posted June 29, 2011

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— A Superior Court judge is considering a defense motion to dismiss criminal charges against a Mebane man accused of carrying a woman's remains around in a backpack.

Michael Charles Dorman, 33, of 1411 Sundown Drive, is charged with concealing or failing to report a death.

Durham police arrested Dorman last July after one of his friends told investigators that Dorman admitted to killing a prostitute and asked him to help dispose of her remains.

Dorman had been storing Lakiea Lacole Boxley’s bones in a backpack, prosecutors have said.

An autopsy determined that Boxley, 31, might have been shot in the head. She had been missing since March 2008.

Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline said during a court hearing last year that Dorman told investigators he found the remains and had planned to take them home for his own sexual gratification.

Defense attorney Lawrence Campbell recently asked that the case be dismissed because the medical examiner turned the remains over to Boxley's family instead of retaining them as evidence. Judge Orlando Hudson heard arguments on the motion Tuesday and will rule later.

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  • whereisthejusticehere Jul 7, 2011

    Help me understand this: Dorman admits several times on tape that he killed the victim; admits, on tape, that he had plans to build a bunker so that he could keep his victims alive longer and wanted to "see what their insides look like;" admitted, again on tape, that he was ready to kill again and had already picked out his victim.

    Now the judge is considering throwing out the case because evidence, that had already been examined and scrutinized by the prosecution and defense, months prior to the trial, that was no longer deemed necessary by the prosecution for their case, was released to the victim's family.

    There is still enough of the remains left for the prosecution to make its case as well as the documentation taken during the examination by both parties. The defense had it's time with all of the bones submitted into evidence before the trial began. I bet my life that if ths man, Dorman, lived in the same neighborhood as the Judge, there wouldn't be any hesitation here.

  • justbekind Jun 29, 2011

    Judge Orlando Hudson WILL dismiss the case he always seems to take the side of the criminal.

  • lawncare5 Jun 29, 2011

    Hey Mr. med. Exam,,,,,D U H.

  • Evidence Is Everywhere Jun 29, 2011

    So, let me understand this: This sick and twisted individual who can't ever be rehabilitated has the opportunity to be placed back into the population because the Medical Examiner couldn't remember to keep the body for EVIDENCE??? That's amazing. What was this ME thinking?! This guy who carried around a body in a backpack, which he TOOK because he was a necrophiliac/budding sociopath, can go FREE now! When this judge rules...I hope he remembers all the young girls like Lakeia, who never imagined evil like this man even existed.

  • carla349 Jun 29, 2011

    When you can't carry remains in your backpack, we've given up too many of our freedoms.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Jun 29, 2011

    I am assuming they want to dismiss because they do not have enough evidence to charge him with murder?

  • chanchan Jun 29, 2011

    Why would the ME return the girl's remains in the middle of an ongoing investigation?

    I'm sure the family appreciated it very much, and we ought to all pray for them as they continue to grieve their loss, but now the case is jeopardized.

  • cbarnett Jun 29, 2011

    I think this fellow might need to be put somewhere and I don't mean prison.