Bones in backpack could help solve case

Charles Michael Dorman II

August 5, 2010 8:29:25 PM PDT
Authorities say a backpack with bones inside that was discovered in Orange County could help solve the disappearance of a woman who vanished from Durham.During a court hearing for a man charged with concealing the death, the Durham District Attorney indicated the bones belong to a woman who's been missing for years.

The DA explained to the judge Thursday how the case originally unfolded involving 32-year-old Charles Michael Dorman II.

"He told his friend that he had met a prostitute back in Durham County two years ago and there was some money exchanged in reference to obtaining crack cocaine and/or sex," Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline said. "He became agitated and shot her with a shotgun."

Cline went on to say that the medical examiner determined wounds on the skull indicated the victim had indeed been shot with a shotgun.

She said the victim was identified as a woman missing from Durham since May 2008. The woman has since been identified as 33-year-old Lakeia Lacole Boxley.

Cline said Dorman told police he found the bones in Durham and also told them why he took them home.

"For his own sexual gratification," she said.

The DA asked the judge to send Dorman to Dorothea Dix Hospital for a mental evaluation and to keep his bond at $1 million.

But Dorman's attorney argued that his client should get a chance to get out of jail on a much lower bond since he's charged only with concealing or failing to report a death, a low level felony.

"The presumptive bond is $1,000 and I'm asking you to set the presumptive bond for him," Dorman's attorney Lawrence Campbell said.

But the DA struck back with more information she said was given to police by Dorman's friend.

"He indicated to his friend that he enjoyed killing and had intended to continue doing it," Cline said.

The judge was also told that Dorman has convictions for breaking and entering. The judge decided to leave Dorman's bond at $1 million and ordered him to have a mental evaluation.

The word murder was never mentioned, but the DA said the investigation is continuing and it appears it certainly could become a murder investigation.

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