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Suspects in Chapel Hill murder denied bond

Posted September 16, 2008
Updated September 17, 2008

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— A judge on Tuesday denied bond for six men accused of kidnapping and killing a Chapel Hill man who was reported missing last month.

Orange County sheriff's investigators found Joshua McCabe Bailey, 20, dead near Jordan Lake in Chatham County Friday night. An autopsy found he had died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Bailey's father reported him missing on Aug. 20, and state authorities issued a Silver Alert – which applies to people suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

On Monday, authorities arrested eight Chapel Hill-area residents in connection with the case.

Brandon Hamilton Greene, 26, and Ryan Ladar Davis Lee, 20, both of 1103 Sourwood Drive; Jack Johnson II, 19, of 101 Culbreth Drive; Brian Gregory Minton, 18, of 714 Smith Level Road; and Jacob Alexander Maxwell, 18, of Twisted Oak Drive are each charged with one count of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping.

A sixth man, Matt Johnson, whose age and address were not immediately available, also faces the same charges. Prosecutors said in court Tuesday morning that they believe he was the one who shot and killed Bailey.

Three others are charged with one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder: Gregory Lee Minton, 41, and Mishele Slade Minton, 37, both of 714 Smith Level Road; and Chris Manley, 23, of 306 Estes Park Apartments, Apt. J-16, in Carrboro.

They are each being held in the Orange County Jail under a $1 million bond.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said in court that Brian Minton's parents, Gregory Minton and Mishele Minton, assisted in covering up the case. Gregory Minton, he said, gave his son instructions on how to move the body and to cover it up and that Mishele Minton helped buy supplies to move the body.

Mishele Minton's bond was set at $1 million.

Brian Minton was a suspect in a Chapel Hill sexual assault case brought in 2007, though the case was dismissed because of conflicting accounts, Woodall said, declining to elaborate.

According to state Department of Correction records, Brian Minton was also given a suspended sentence for possessing a weapon of mass destruction (a shotgun) and put on four years' probation.

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  • ladyblue Sep 24, 2008

    Why would it take 6 men to kill a poor mentaly ill person. This is just disgusting and I hope they never get out of jail. but I did find someting that I did not know and that is

    Brian Minton was also given a suspended sentence for possessing a weapon of mass destruction (a shotgun) and put on four years' probation.

    i never knew a shotgun was declared wmd before. Glad to know that....

  • Dr. Dataclerk Sep 24, 2008

    Will young people ever learn that crime do not pay. Just to think about the parents of one of the boys makes one sick. I don't know why this young man was killed but I cannot almost say it was over nothing. Life is precious regardless who it is. My condolences to the family in their loss. May the ones that took the youngs man life are was involved get several years in prison.

  • humbleblaklady Sep 24, 2008

    Denied bond???! I should HOPE SO! When is this going to become the NORM rather than an exception? Even in cases where the "victim" may be from "East Durham"--our judicial system should "deny" bond. We would have fewer "victims" if those set on being "anti-human" were kept caged. I don't want to hear that "The purpose of bond is to ensure that the suspect will appear....cr_P either. If a member of your family is the victim--(or someone of "note") then all these "excuses" go out the window. But it shouldn't have to be "someone of note or special" to ensure that society is protected.

  • xarabee Sep 17, 2008

    A friend of mine just told me that the Minton Dad (who is arrested as an accessory with his wife) has a brother who is an Orange County Sherrif. I'm sure that this is unbelievably difficult for him, from a personal and a professional standpoint.

    The Maxwell boy's mother is a school teacher. He was living with the Minton boy, according to the search warrant that you can read from this site.

  • 4 kicks Sep 17, 2008

    The mother of one of these boys charged with murder is an elementary school teacher for Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools and has been for many years.

    wow - which one?

  • nccaae Sep 17, 2008

    Take a good look at these faces - these serve as excellent profiles of what true sociopaths really look like! And - if you see this type of person near you - RUN - they will kill again if ever let out on the street!!

    Josh Bailey was a kind, happy go lucky boy who would help anyone that he could. I can still see his big smile ~~
    May God hold his parents tightly - they must now take the hardest journey that a parent takes - the loss of a child.

    I hope that each one of these boys are given the death penalty! I do not want any of them ever to come back in my neighborhood or near my children!!

    As for the elder Mintons - MOVE!!! We don't want your kind in Carrboro -

  • jlvjohnson Sep 16, 2008

    How about the death penalty....NOW not in ten years???

  • bs101fly Sep 16, 2008

    good, these losers and the loser parents should get NO bond! since they are ALL eligible for the death penalty I say they should ALL get it!

  • xarabee Sep 16, 2008

    The mother of one of these boys charged with murder is an elementary school teacher for Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools and has been for many years.

  • nrasbill Sep 16, 2008

    My understanding is that the shotgun was a sawed off shotgun, so it fell under a different category than a standard shotgun. It also didn't help that the kid was discharging it in his neighborhood. Wish they'd put that kid away sooner...

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