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Judge considers dismissing case involving bones in backpack

Posted June 29, 2011 4:11 p.m. EDT

— 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.