DURHAM, NC (AP) — Prosecutors want courts to take a new look
at a dropped murder charge against a North Carolina man accused of
killing a woman and carrying her bones around in a backpack.
Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson plans to hear new arguments
Thursday as the appeals process begins in the case of 33-year-old
Michael Charles Dorman of Mebane. Hudson dropped a murder charge
against Dorman this week because the victim’s remains were released
to her family and cremated.
Hudson ruled Dorman could not receive a fair trial because state
authorities helped the destruction of evidence before the suspect’s
lawyers could review it.
Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline says she will appeal
Hudson’s decision further. The state Attorney General’s office says
its attorneys will assist as they routinely do with criminal
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