On March 24 2012 in the home of Carbondale Police Dispatcher Richard [Richie] Minton, his lovely right-handed ex-girlfriend Molly Young died by a gunshot wound to the top left side of her head. Minton "lawyered up" the morning of the shooting and still has not had to answer questions.
MOST RECENT NEWS IN THE MEDIA ABOUT MOLLY:
[Excerpts] Newly obtained reports say Carbondale Police “allowed” one of their own employees to change his clothes and wash his hands after his ex-girlfriend was found in his apartment with a fatal bullet wound to her head — a notion that was disputed when first reported last year. In Illinois State Police records obtained by the Times, investigators detail their probe into the death of 21-year-old Molly Young, who was found the morning of March 24, 2012, in the bedroom of Richie Minton, then and now a dispatcher at the Carbondale Police Department.... “Carbondale PD allowed suspect to change and wash his hands prior to being taken to police station for questioning”... The Times first reported on the hands-washing issue in April 2012, citing an interview with an ISP investigator. Two days later, the Southern Illinoisan published a story in which the same investigator contradicted that account, saying the notion that Carbondale Police had provided Minton with an opportunity to wash his hands was “absolutely not the case”... State Police officials began investigating the death as a homicide later that morning after “the dispatcher suspiciously lawyered up,” according to an incident synopsis written that morning by an ISP sergeant... No gunshot residue was found on the hands of either Minton or Young. According to an ISP forensic scientist cited in one of the reports, “If the victim shot the gun, there should have been residue on her hands.”... [Full article here]
[FRED] MINTON RECEIVES FORENSICS TRAINING, EQUIPMENT
[Excerpts] ...“Fred” [Minton] is a component of digital intelligence computer equipment provided through the U.S. Secret Service. Richard Minton, known by co-workers as Flip, is one of the fortunate ones lucky enough to be able to attend the National Computer Forensics Institute... The institute is dedicated to the education of law enforcement professionals in the field of computer forensics and digital evidence handling techniques... “We manage the database for three counties — Franklin, Williamson and Jefferson. Computers are used to gain access and store information, including illicit material,” Minton said. “With the training and equipment, I am now able to search a computer hard drive for anything... I also work with videotapes in the investigation of criminal activity”... [Full article here]
[IL] Coroner's jury to rule on death of Police Dispatcher's girlfriend, Molly Young [IL] Molly Youngs death undetermined Disclosure News: Jack & Ang Show [IL] Vigil for Carbondale Woman, Molly Young, Killed 1 Year Ago - WSILTV Molly's Story
MOLLY'S FAVORITE SCRIPTURE:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
~ John 14:27
REALITY CHECK WITH MONICA ZUKAS SPEAKS TO MOLLY YOUNG FAMILY
The family of this beautiful young lady, Molly Young, speaks about their belief that their daughter did not commit suicide but was murdered.
...Minton, who had an attorney present before State Police investigators arrived, has declined to be interviewed by police...
...State Police officials began investigating the death as a homicide later that morning after “the dispatcher suspiciously lawyered up,” according to an incident synopsis written that morning by an ISP sergeant...
...No gunshot residue was found on the hands of either Minton or Young. According to an ISP forensic scientist cited in one of the reports, “If the victim shot the gun, there should have been residue on her hands”...
- ... He was "allowed" to change his clothes?? WTF people?? WHO allowed him to do so?? Something stinks here...
- ...I hope the people involved in this investigation are more concerned with finding the truth than protecting their own. My prayers for the family who have lost this young lady in such a violent and sudden way...
- ...Thank you for covering this story. Please continue to give it attention...
- ...Why hasn't this information been reported in the Southern, or on any of the local television stations. Something is not right here. Is it true that Mr. Minton's father is also in Law Enforcement?...
- ...there needs to be an update to this story...
- ...FYI, his Dad is Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Richard "Flip" Minton
EVIDENCE LOST IN POLICE RESPONSE TO YOUNG'S DEATH
- ...I'm glad that your paper is covering this side of the story BC no other press is...
- ...Apparently, the Carbondale Police Department do not follow protocol. The clothes should ALL have been kept for evidence and allowing this "man" to wash his hands is, in my opinion, just ridiculous... I find it very suspicious that he had a lawyer already there, too. I'd also like to know what the roomate has to say...
- ...Molly and I were best friends. Molly would not kill herself. Richie had been threatening and emotionally abusive for a long time. We had went out the night prior to her death and made plans to spend time together soon. The unhappiness in her life was CAUSED by Richie Minton. She told me she would be going to retrieve some things from him soon and we both agreed he was better off a part of her past. Molly knew her best days were ahead...
- I am a friend of Molly's family and I am appalled at the way Richie's friends are treating this poor family that is in mourning. By saying cruel and untrue things about this beautiful young girl, you are doing exactly what you are asking them not to do, judge without knowing all the facts...
- ...3 people were at the scene. Molly, Ritchie and other. Now before calling police (Ritchie called daddy, you bet) he calls a lawyer. Now we have a violated crime scene if the attorney is there before police arrive. Attorney should be charged with interferring and corrupting a crime scene...
- ..."Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart's content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defense"...
WE WANT TRUTH, JUSTICE
The Southern Illinoisan
By D.W. Norris
June 04, 2012
[Excerpts] It’s been more than two months since Molly Marie Young was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound at a residence in Carbondale... Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Wepsiec said he has reports on the shooting death, but he would not put a timetable on when or if charges would be filed. “I have received reports from the Illinois State Police, and I am currently reviewing them,” said Wepsiec on Friday. “They are quite voluminous.” Young’s body was found March 24 in the residence of Richie Minton, a Carbondale police dispatcher described by Young’s family as her ex-boyfriend... In an April 13 article, state police investigator Lt. Stan Diggs said Minton had spoken to police through his attorney... Young was 21 years old when she died... Carbondale police got the initial call on the shooting but handed the investigation off to Illinois State Police almost immediately, said Diggs in a previous article. The call for state police assistance was made at 9:05 a.m. March 24... One media outlet reported Minton was given special treatment at the scene by Carbondale police, a charge Diggs denied... Diggs said what Minton did before Carbondale police officers arrived “is a mystery.” [LINK]
FAMILY OFFERS REWARD FOR TIPS IN YOUNG WOMAN'S DEATH
WPSD Local 6
Mon Jun 4, 2012
[Excerpts] The family of a woman found dead in a Carbondale residence back in March is now offering a reward in the case. The investigation started March 24 when police found 21-year-old Molly Young dead after a shooting inside a Carbondale apartment. Richie Minton, the man who lived there, is a dispatcher with Carbondale Police... Now, more than two months later, reports from that agency have made their way to Jackson County State's Attorney Mike Wepsiec's office. Wepsiec confirmed his office received the 200-page police report late last week. Family members are hopeful justice could be near. "It's the worst thing anyone can imagine," said Kathy Spiller, Molly Young's mother. "Our family is devastated. Our hearts are broken... Even though we know in our hearts, we feel like what happened, we just want some answers... The love that we have for her and that they have for her, it's been pretty overwhelming... This waiting is even more torture, wondering every day when this is going to come to a conclusion," she said. That grueling wait is the reason behind the $5,000 reward the family is offering. They hope it could bring in new information about the hours before and after Molly's death. "We want the truth to come out," Spiller said... [LINK]
[Excerpts] Investigators have gathered new evidence related to the mysterious death of a Carbondale woman in March, but there is no timeline on how the case will move forward. Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Wepsiec said last week that lab work and tests still are being conducted on evidence obtained following the March 24 death of Molly Young, a Marion High School graduate who was found shot in the head that morning in the apartment of her on-and-off boyfriend, Richie Minton. Wepsiec declined to discuss the case or evidence further, citing ethical concerns. According to audio archives obtained by the Times, emergency responders that morning believed they were heading to the scene of an overdose... but instead found Young, 21, with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. According to Young’s father, Larry Young, information he received from Coroner Thomas Kupferer allegedly indicated Young had died three to four hours before the 911 call was placed. The Times has been unsuccessful in contacting Kupferer. When State Police arrived on the scene, Minton already had an attorney present... As of last week, investigators still had not interviewed Minton, State Police Lt. Stan Diggs said. [LINK]
CORONER: INQUEST LIKELY IN YOUNG CASE
[Excerpts] The unexplained death of Molly Young four months ago in a Carbondale police dispatcher’s apartment likely will go before a coroner’s jury, which would review evidence and make a formal determination regarding how the 21-year-old woman died, the county coroner says. Jackson County Coroner Thomas Kupferer said Monday that since some evidence still is being processed at the state crime lab, he could not yet release an autopsy report or make any formal comments about Young... Both [State’s Attorney Mike] Wepsiec and State Police Lt. Stan Diggs have cited a deep backlog of investigations at the lab as the reason for the apparent delay... According to radio archives obtained by the Times, emergency responders that morning were dispatched to 500 N. Westridge Drive in response to an apparent drug overdose but instead found the body of Young with a fatal bullet wound to her head. Minton, who had an attorney present before State Police investigators arrived, has declined to be interviewed by police... The unknown circumstances surrounding Young’s death have garnered growing attention... [LINK]
- ...Seeking the truth, seeking justice. No more, no less.
- Why would anyone not cooperate ?...
- ...Come on already!!! The police look like idiots! Dooooo something already! Justice for Molly!!!!...
[Excerpts] CARBONDALE — A Carbondale Police Department employee pleaded guilty this week to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Carbondale Police radio dispatcher Richard L. Minton, 24, entered the plea Nov. 7 in Jackson County circuit court and received a sentence of 12 months court supervision and 100 hours public service. He also was ordered to pay fines totaling $2,145 and attend alcohol treatment... [Full article here]
YOUNG INQUEST REVEALS MUCH BUT ANSWERS LITTLE
The Carbondale Times
[Excerpts] The circumstances that led a 21-year-old woman to die from a gunshot wound to the head 10 months ago are as unclear as ever following an inquest performed this week, and what the next turn will be in the high-profile and mysterious case remains just as elusive. Following about 45 minutes of deliberations Thursday, Jan. 31, a coroner’s jury ruled the cause of death of Marion High School graduate Molly Young undetermined due to a lack of evidence... Trooper Daniel Glover testified that when ISP investigators arrived, they found Young’s body on the floor between Minton’s bed and the north wall of his small bedroom, her blood spattered on the floor and a nearby closet door. Investigators also found traces of blood on Minton’s bed comforter, the muzzle of the .45-caliber pistol belonging to him and a pair of his pajama pants found in the bathroom... Carbondale Police secured the scene and told Deputy Coroner Jeff Wisely when he arrived at 9:50 a.m. that it was a crime scene and he could not enter; he wasn’t able to for about seven hours. Minton already had retained a lawyer, Terry Green, by the time ISP investigators arrived at the Carbondale Police Department to interview him, and Minton has not spoken to police in the 10 months since Young’s death occurred. His parents also were at the Police Department that morning. Young’s parents did not learn of their daughter’s death for several more hours. The Times also obtained a copy of Young’s autopsy report, which says the bullet entered Young’s head 2.25 inches above her left ear, 1.5 inches above the left eyebrow and 2.5 inches from the midline. The track of the bullet was backward and “slightly downwards.” The jury on Thursday questioned whether the right-handed Young would have shot herself with the left hand, especially given the downward trajectory... Charles Lamont, who spoke on behalf of the family at the inquest, noted that investigators had reviewed some of Young’s social-media postings but asked whether they had seen a Son of Sam reference Minton had posted not long before Young’s death that read, “And huge drops of lead poured down upon her head until she was dead.” Cooper said they were aware of that March 3 posting to social network Tumblr. The family also asked questions about the time of death, what Minton was doing in the bathroom when Carbondale Police arrived and about the location of the wound on her head. The family was allowed just three questions during the inquest. On Friday, Young’s father, Larry Young, posted in a Facebook group following the case that the inquest had provided an incomplete survey of the evidence. “During the inquest not all of the forensics and facts in the case were told to the jury,” Young wrote... Following the jury’s determination this week, what happens next remains unclear, although the decision of whether or not to prosecute the case, or bring it before a grand jury, rests with Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Carr. Carr could not be reached for comment Friday but previously told the Times the case “warrants attention from me” and that he is likely to make a determination sometime next month. [LINK]
FROM THOUGHT PROVOKING COMMENTS:
- ...If this was supposed to be a truthful inquiry then why was the spokesman for the family of Molly Young stifled at being able to ask only three questions? They should have been able to ask as many questions as needed for the jury to hear more evidence that the coroner and ISP failed to provide. Why?...
- ...The text messages don't match the toxicology reports of no abnormal drugs in Molly's system and BAC of 0 in Richie Minton the next day. Could they [the text messages] have been fabricated in the four to five hours that Richie had access to Molly's phone?
- ... Molly's journal, talked about in this article, was from high school and the last entry was in 2011, almost a year before...
- Could the text, "I think I'm going to shoot myself in the head" be something she was forced to do?...
- ...Why was there no residue on her hands? It's not like she would have had time to run to the bathroom and clean them off... so many unanswered questions, yet the person with the voice will not use it...
- ...Did they test for fingerprints on Molly's phone? If not, it is quite possible that she did not even send those texts. The story also states that Minton was exiting his bathroom when Carbondale Police arrived. Is it possible that it was at this time, he washed his hands? I agree with what Mr. Lamont stated on the news. They did do a very good job investigating Molly, but I also think it is time they do just as good a job of investigating Minton...
- ...it has been reported that the gun had no prints on it. How does a recently shot pistol have no prints? Or no residue?...
Facebook >Larry Young >Justice For Molly
"The Coroner estimated the time of death at between 4:20 A.M. and 5:30 A.M. on March 24,2012. According to the States Attorney Richie Minton's roommate Wesley Romack called 911 at approximately 8:58 A.M. We are appealing to anyone who might have seen suspicious activity in this parking lot between 3:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. to call State Police at 618-542-2171 and talk to Aaron Cooper. If anyone knows someone that lives in these apartments behind Carbondale Clinic at 500 Westridge Drive please tell them about the time frame because to our knowledge it has never been released to the media. — at Apartment 2A Westhill Circle 500 Westridge drive." [LINK]