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.