Father of Illinois woman who died from gunshot wound files wrongful death lawsuit

The father of an Illinois woman who died from a gunshot wound has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the woman’s ex-boyfriend.

Larry Young, the father of Molly Young, filed the lawsuit against Richie Minton on June 30 in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Young died from a gunshot wound to the head in March 2012 in Minton’s Carbondale apartment. On January 31, 2013, a coroner’s jury found the cause of Young’s death to be undeterminable because of a lack of evidence. Details regarding the Illinois State Police investigation were made public as part of the inquest.

Carbondale police and emergency medical technicians responded to a call at the apartment at about 9:00 a.m. on March 24, 2012. Because Minton was then employed as a Carbondale police dispatcher, the investigation was handed over to Illinois State Police.

As part of the inquest, a state police special agent testified that Young’s text messages and journal entries referred to a wish to end her own life, saying that she would “shoot [herself] in the head.”

Other evidence may have kept jurors from ruling the death a suicide. No fingerprints were found on the gun. Young was shot in the left side of her head, though she was right-handed. A crime scene investigator said that the body had been moved.

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