Judge rules not to change bond in backpack bones case

Michael Dorman
March 8, 2013 8:12:31 AM PST
A judge has decided that a man accused of killing a woman and carrying her bones around in a backpack will not have his bond lowered.

Michael Dorman of Mebane is accused of the murder of 31-year-old Lakeia Boxley. Boxley disappeared from her Durham apartment in March 2008.

Prosecutors have said after the killing, Dorman carried Boxley's bones around in a backpack. Dorman told investigators when he was arrested that he simply found Boxley's remains.

The judge's decision Friday to not modify Dorman's bond comes just two weeks after the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Dorman should face trial.

His defense team has said police failed to preserve the bones so they could be examined by defense experts. Boxley's family had them cremated after they were released by the medical examiner's office.

Judge Orlando Hudson orginally dismissed the case against Dorman after ruling that prosecutors had destroyed evidence without allowing the defense to review it.

In 2011, former Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline argued that the cremation was not a reason to allow a suspected killer to walk free. Cline also said at the time that a portion of Boxley's skull was saved and was available for DNA testing.

Investigators and medical examiners called by the state later testified that there was no plot to destroy evidence.

Last year, a judge lowered Dorman's bond to $150,000 despite having the murder charges dismissed. Dorman currently remains behind bars.

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