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Eight charged in kidnapping, killing of Chapel Hill man

Posted September 15, 2008
Updated September 16, 2008

— Orange County investigators on Monday charged five people with murder and kidnapping in the death of a missing man whose body was found Friday.

An autopsy determined that Joshua McCabe Bailey, 20, of Chapel Hill, died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Bailey had been missing since August, and his body was found near Jordan Lake on Friday night.

Five Chapel Hill men are charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping:

  • Brian Gregory Minton, 18, of 714 Smith Level Road
  • Jacob Alexander Maxwell, 18, of Twisted Oak Drive
  • Jack Johnson II, 19, of 101 Culbreth Drive
  • Brandon Hamilton Greene, 26, of 1103 Sourwood Drive
  • Ryan Ladar Davis Lee, 20, also of 1103 Sourwood Drive

Three people have charged with being accessories after the fact:

  • Gregory Lee Minton, 41, of 714 Smith Level Road in Chapel Hill
  • Mishele Slade Minton, 37, also of 714 Smith Level Road in Chapel Hill
  • Chris Manley, 23, of 306 Estes Park Apartments, Apt. J-16, in Carrboro

Lee, Manley and the elder Mintons remained at large Monday evening.

The five other suspects have been taken into custody.

Deputies had listed Brian Minton as being 28, but Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall confirmed Tuesday that Minton was 18 and is the same person initially charged in a sexual assault case in 2007 in Chapel Hill's Southern Village. That case was dismissed, but Minton was given a suspended sentence for possessing a weapon of mass destruction (a shotgun) and put on four years' probation, according to state Department of Correction records.

Bailey's father, Steve, reported his son missing on Aug. 20, and a Silver Alert – which applies to people with a cognitive impairment – was issued. Steve Bailey had last seen his son on Weaver Street in Carrboro July 21.

Investigator Tim Horne, with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, conducted interviews with Bailey's friends and acquaintances and developed leads in several counties. The State Bureau of Investigation assigned several agents to the case.

Horne and SBI agents learned that Bailey had been shot and killed and that his body was buried in a wooded area off Twisted Oak Drive in Orange County. However, when investigators excavated that site on Sept. 11, they did not find a body.

Investigators continued interviews that day and by the evening, learned that Bailey's body had been moved to Chatham County.

SBI agents and sheriff's deputies from Orange and Chatham counties located the grave site near Jordan Lake the next day. Dr. Billy Oliver, an assistant professor of anthropology at North Carolina State University, helped to excavate it.

The human remains found there were taken to the office of the State Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill. Dental records identified the body as Bailey's.

The date that Bailey was shot has not been determined, deputies said, and the investigation was continuing.


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  • two4state Sep 16, 2008

    This is one of the most horrible stories I have ever heard. You can't even let your children out of the house because of people like them. Nobody is mentioning that some of the same people are in trouble in another county for trying to do it again to someone else.These people don't believe in God, they believe in themselves, they think they are above God and the law. Who are they to rob this young man of him life, he just had the misfortune of trusting these people whom he probably went to school with and they new him.I pray for his family to get them through such a tough time.I hope that the people of Orange Co. realize that when it's time to go to court that these people took someone life and that they don't deserve to have a life of their own.

  • behopkins Sep 16, 2008

    8 people???? are you serious? how do 8 people come together to do something like this? and not 1 person chose to walk away?!? the victim was "cognitivally disabled?" these "people" have no souls! i am so disgusted! my heart goes out to the family.....

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 16, 2008

    krisandbruiser, your comment is completely wrong. Or, are you only good because your god is watching you? You may want to do some research and look at U.S. prison statistics. Atheists are FAR less likely to commit crimes as theists.

    To user "chance", you should be upset with krisandbruiser since s/he is the one who made an inaccurate, off-topic and inflammatory statement...NOT meta4csw who merely responded to the drivel.

    Yes, this is a travesty. And, have there ever been this many people (allegedly) involved in killing one person like this? It seems like this murder and family conspiracy would be national news.

  • Tracey1229 Sep 16, 2008

    "No, you can't have a silver alert issued b/c you're high."

    I was thinking more like meth psychosis or cocaine psychosis... but I'm probably jumping to conclusions.

  • pebbles262004 Sep 16, 2008

    This is sad..praying for the family of the man..I have a family memeber that has a Mental Disorder from birth. To look at him you would think he is o.k. very nice looking...I live in fear that someone will do him this was...very, very, sad.

  • Common Sense Man Sep 16, 2008

    "Was his dementia possibly drug-induced?"

    No, you can't have a silver alert issued b/c you're high. And dope is definitely a common denominator with the suspects, but I don't know if it had anything to do with this. Everyone is in custody now.

  • Eduardo1 Sep 16, 2008

    chili....well said, this is a BIG story, WRAL. lets get on the case! Tracey1229.....save your sadness for the victim and his family, I (JOHN Q PUBLIC) am not truly interested in this pack of adults and poor teens attacked a defenseless young man, with or without disabilities. It is a savage attack on a human by animals. Weep for the victim!

  • Tracey1229 Sep 16, 2008

    I have a feeling it had to do with drugs. I mean... that's what it sounds like, especially with Minton's past charges. If you read the N&0's story which is much more complete there is some sketchy stuff going on... I'd be interested to know why a silver alert was issued. Was his dementia possibly drug-induced?

  • familyfour Sep 16, 2008

    I couldn't believe this story when I saw it air. What is even harder to believe is that there are ADULTS involved. I hope the family gets justice. MAYBE if the judicial system would STOP allowing lawyers to take the PENALTY out of being penalized, these criminals would think twice before KILLING. These folks, youth and adult, have NO fear of law, man, or God. Maybe if the people that kill (or hide the fact) had to face death themselves, it would make them think twice....if they have the capacity to think at all......

  • Carrboro-resident Sep 16, 2008

    Chili - I agree. It seems odd that the murder of a cognitively impaired person involving 8 people is not bigger news. Sick.