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NC Appeals Court Halts Murder Charge Dismissal

A Mebane man (Alamance County) charged with killing a woman and carrying her bones around in a backpack cannot go free after the state Court of Appeals halted a judge's dismissal of the murder charge against him. The News & Observer reports that the court issued a one-paragraph order Thursday, saying the dismissal in the case of Michael C. Dorman II is stayed until the court can resolve the appeal filed by Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline. Dorman already was under evaluation to determine if he's a danger to himself or others. Dorman was charged in the death of 31-year-old Lakiea Boxley. Earlier this month, Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson dropped the murder charge against the 33-year-old Dorman because Boxley's remains were released to her family and cremated.