Man Carried Human Bones In Backpack, Sentenced For Durham Murder

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A man will spend more time behind bars after pleading guilty to killing a woman in Durham several years ago and carrying her remains in a backpack.

Michael Dorman of Mebane pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Lekiea Lacole Boxley. The 35-year-old Dorman was sentenced to five to seven years in prison and given credit for the three years he's already spent behind bars.

Dorman says he pleaded guilty because he fears he won't get a fair trial.

A year after Dorman's arrest, Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson dismissed the charges. Boxley's family had cremated her remains. Hudson said Dorman didn't get a fair trial because his attorneys couldn't conduct their own tests on the bones.

The state Court of Appeals then reinstated the murder charge.


A North Carolina man is accused of handing a bag of human bones to a friend and asking for help in disposing of them.

Multiple media outlets reported Friday that 32-year-old Michael Charles Dorman of Mebane has been charged in Durham County District Court with concealing or failure to report a death.

Dorman is currently in Durham County jail. A call to his public defender was not immediately returned Friday.

A search warrant says Dorman told a friend he had killed a woman in Durham and needed to dispose of her remains. Orange County sheriff's deputies say they observed Dorman hand a bag containing human bones to his friend.

Police say Dorman told them he had simply found the bones in Durham.