Please allow me to respond to the large headlines on page 2A of your paper for Wednesday, August 7, 2013, “Prosecutor: No Charges in Shooting Death.”
Local readers might benefit from knowing what is behind that news release and why it matters.
This involves the shooting death of Molly Marie Young, my niece, on March 24, 2012. These are facts that are publicly known:
Molly was a former SIU student and was living with her grandmother on March 24, 2012. The ex-boyfriend in the case is Richie Minton, who was at the time, and is still, a dispatcher with Carbondale Police Department, and he handles 911 calls. Richie’s father is Deputy Richard “Flip” Minton of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. His mother is Kathy Minton, who, at the time, was a dispatcher for West Frankfort PD.
Sometime after 3 a.m. on that morning, March 24, 2012, Richie allegedly lured Molly to his apartment via text message or phone call saying, “help me, help me.” Molly was sick, but went over to help him. She ended up dead as a result of a contact gun shot wound to the top left side of her head. The gun belonged to Richie Minton, and it is a Taurus .45 calibre model 1911. The room this occurred in is 9 by 13; it was Richie’s bedroom.
The coroner established her time of death as between 4:40 a.m. and 5:45 a.m. based on cell phone text messages and condition of the body.
Richie did not call 911 until 9:02 a.m. Richie was supposed to be on duty that very morning at 7 a.m., but never showed up for work; the family does not know what Carbondale PD does with its employees who don’t show up for work in such a critical position. But, at 9:02 a.m. the call came in, Hearing Richie’s voice on the 911 call is chilling; it’s like the guy is ordering pizza, stone cole.
Carbondale police responded as did EMS. Of course Molly was dead. Carbondale police contaminated the crime scene and allowed Richie to wash his hands and change clothes. They then turned this over to the Illinois State Police and the case has been going down hill ever since.
Of interest in the present day and in this case are several things. Molly’s parents were never properly notified. ISP did send a trooper to the grandmother’s house, but he, not being trained properly in death notification and with no chaplain, did not do well here. By the time ISP arrived, Richie’s parents and attorney were present. Let the reader understand, the case went downhill from there. It gets worse, much worse.
If this seems overly critical or harsh, it’s because I’ve had the benefit of seeing how crime victims and crime scenes should be handled; how a read department responds to crime scenes and victim families. I worked at Mt. Vernon PD for over 33 years and can tell you Chief Mendenall has done and continues to run a professional department. Investigations are run as they should be. Chaplains are active and used. Sadly, this is not so in the case with Carbondale PD.
Your article mentions that State’s Attorney Carr said there isn’t sufficient evidence to support a prosecution and that he doesn’t close cases. He refers to the coroner’s inquest that was held in January of this year. In that inquest, Dr. Thomas Kupferer, the coroner, only summoned a few ISP agents to testify. It has been described as one of the most slated presentations in a number of years. No one else was called, toxicology reports were barely mentioned, but enough to know Molly had no drugs in her system. To obtain the evidence that Mr. Carr refers to would require an active investigation, but the family has seen zero evidence that an active investigation is ongoing, and in fact, know some potential witnesses that were never interviewed. Additionally, Molly’s father recently received a letter from ISP stating the opposite of what Carr said, namely, that the case was closed. As I said, it only gets worse.
I would encourage your readers to at least check out Justice for Molly Facebook page and be watching for a website if they want further information. An audio of the 911 call is available through that Facebook page as a link. The link is from a radio program from WGGH in Marion called “Reality Check with Monica Zukas.”
All the family is seeking is truth, justice and a thorough and complete investigation. We are seeking a special prosecutor from the Attorney General’s Office to assist on the case. The AG has offered this and Mr. Carr has refused twice. What happened to Molly should not happen to another college age young lady.