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Judge lowers bond for Mebane man found with human remains

Posted September 5, 2012

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— A Mebane man arrested two years ago after Durham police found human bones in his backpack had his bond lowered Wednesday, even though a judge tossed out a murder charge against him a year ago.

Michael Charles Dorman, 34, of 1411 Sundown Drive, was arrested in July 2010 after one of his friends told police that Dorman admitted to killing a prostitute and had asked him to help dispose of her remains, which he kept in the backpack.

Dorman told investigators that he found the remains, identified as those of 31-year-old Lakiea Lacole Boxley, and planned to use them for his sexual gratification.

Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson dismissed the case last August, ruling that prosecutors and law enforcement worked to destroy Boxley's remains, depriving Dorman of his right to a fair trial.

Dorman, however, was ordered to remain in jail under an involuntary commitment until he could be evaluated to determine whether he is a threat to himself or others.

Durham County Assistant District Attorney Roger Echols argued during a hearing Wednesday that Dorman is a danger to society and asked that his bond not be lowered until the appeal is resolved.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals is expected to take up the matter Sept. 27. The state contends that Hudson abused discretion and that many of his factual findings weren't supported by the evidence.

But Superior Court Judge Michael O’Foghluda lowered the bond to $150,000, after defense attorney Lawrence Campbell argued that further evidence in the case was destroyed and that it could be up to another year before there the appeals court rules on the matter.

By that time, Dorman would be in jail for three years.

Michael Dorman Bond lowered for man in bones-backpack case

Two mental evaluations, Campbell said, have determined that Dorman suffers from a mental illness but is of no danger to others.

"His mental illness is something he has been dealing with all his life, and in this country, we do not incarcerate people because they have mental illness," Campbell said.

Dorman, who spoke during Wednesday's hearing, said the state has failed to provide "one shred of evidence" against him.

"There is nothing in the court's file to show the court's reason to keep me detained," he said.

Campbell also said Wednesday that the state no longer has the police interview with Dorman, because the DVD with the recording can't be played.

Echols also said there is no written transcript, only brief summaries of Dorman's answers, but that the defense knew of the DVD issue prior to a hearing in December in which Dorman's bond was set at $250,000.

But Campbell said prosecutors continually told him they had the interview and that the loss of it shows the state doesn't have the case it claims.

"They have some information that a Durham resident came up missing in 2008, and in 2010, they have these remains," he said. "We could allege that evidence is also destroyed and not available to my client. Meanwhile, he sits in jail."

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  • piene2 Sep 5, 2012

    "I feel sorry for victims in North Carolina that constantly have their rights deprived by this man. Honestly I don’t know how this man sleeps at night.
    faycop4ncstate"

    Actually he is taking no one's rights away. What he is doing is protecting Michael Dorman's rights. That is how it works in America.

  • faycop4ncstate Sep 5, 2012

    Perhaps the doctor, the lawyer, and the judge can invite this man into their homes exposing them to their families since he apparently is no threat to society. This entire mess was created by another erroneous decision by Judge Hudson who has continued to ignore stare decisis and the statutory law of this great state. We the taxpayers now have to spend lots of money and resources for the AG’s office to get another Hudson decision overturned on appeal (yes it will get overturned unanimously). This judge constantly ignores the codified law in favor of interpreting the state and federal Constitutions as being a document created from his own mind. I feel sorry for victims in North Carolina that constantly have their rights deprived by this man. Honestly I don’t know how this man sleeps at night.

  • WRALSUCKS Sep 5, 2012

    "America is the land of opportunity for people considered to be throw-aways. They're given the opportunity to kill other people considered to be throw-aways with little or no consequence."

    Sadly and completely true.

    The "rights" of the perps are more important than the life of the victim and their families.

    Pathetic but true.

    I just wish we could form a halfway house adjacent to presiding judges homes.

  • wkaras Sep 5, 2012

    America is the land of opportunity for people considered to be throw-aways. They're given the opportunity to kill other people considered to be throw-aways with little or no consequence.

  • piene2 Sep 5, 2012

    "Not everyone keeps up with the news, for example; Obama.
    sillywabbitthepatriot"

    And this has what to do with the story?

  • piene2 Sep 5, 2012

    I bet the court mob destroyed the evidence because it was insufficient to go to trial anyway and they did not want to look more foolish then they already look. All I see left is a little misdemeanor. He should be released on his own recognizance.

  • kckauf Sep 5, 2012

    Wait, what? The guy was walking around with remains in his backpack with the plan to use bones for his sexual gratification, and this doesn't raise a great big red flag?! Hello?! Are you high?

  • tran Sep 5, 2012

    This is unreal. The prisons are packed with drug offenders. Yet, they let this nutjob loose who was carrying some prostitute's bones in his backpack and had gloated of her murder.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Sep 5, 2012

    Tracy Cline should be forced to live with him, make sure he gets his meds, and keeps him within county lines.

  • kidsrn Sep 5, 2012

    Whoever said it was okay for the remains to be cremated needs to be smacked! Good grief----that this mentally sick individual might be walking the streets again is truly disturbing.

    And to the poster who asked about him taking his medications---well, I am sure that this man will be a stand-up guy and not only pay for his medicines, but take them every day just the way he is supposed to. Yeah---RIGHT. Please note the heavy tone of sarcasm.

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