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No charges to be filed in Molly Young case

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - No charges will be filed in the 2012 death of a young woman.

A report filed by the state's attorneys appellate prosecutor determined there was not enough evidence to declare the case a murder in the death of 21-year-old Molly Young.

Director Patrick J. Delfino, Chairman Brian J. Towe, and Special Prosecution Unit Administrator Edwin Parkinson filed the report. It was dated Oct. 31, 2014. The Jackson County Circuit Clerk's office said the report was made public on Nov. 17, 2014.

The conclusion of the report read:

"Although this was a tragic end to a young lady's life, there is simply insufficient evidence at this time to charge anyone as accountable for a murder. This remains an open case. This allows anyone to still come forward with information that would advance the theory of a homicide rather than a suicide. The reality of a criminal prosecution is that one an indictment is issued, the prosecutor must be armed with the same evidence he or she would need to meet the burden of proof of beyond a reasonable doubt. Such a threshold cannot be met under the facts of this case at this time."

Molly Young died in the early morning hours of March 24, 2012.
She was found with a gunshot wound to the head, lying on the floor next to her ex-boyfriend's bed in his apartment in Carbondale.

Her former boyfriend, Richie Minton, was a Carbondale police dispatcher at the time.

Months later, a coroner's jury could not determine the manner of Molly's death.

Molly's family believes she was murdered.

Larry Young, Molly's father released this statement.

"It is unconscionable that prosecutors would let the media have their report without contacting our family about our concerns and explaining the findings to us first. This action has followed a disgraceful pattern in these cases with investigators trying to manipulate the outcome from day one by not using due diligence and keeping us informed. This rubber stamp is just another pothole in the road that we will overcome. We now believe closure can only happen if an unbiased independent investigation and prosecution is accomplished."

Calls to the special prosecutor's office were not returned.

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