CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A decision made last week by the Public Access Bureau through the Illinois Office of the Attorney General is giving Larry Young the extra spark he needs to continue his legal battle.
Young's 21-year-old daughter, Molly Young, was found dead in her ex-boyfriend's Carbondale apartment in 2012 with a gunshot wound to the head.
On July 1, Young's attorney, Charles Stegmeyer, mailed a notice of appeal in the wrongful death lawsuit against Richie Minton.
Young says Stegmeyer had already been working on the appeal before the determination was made about Illinois State Police improperly withholding records to Young.
In March 2012, 21-year-old Molly Young was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head inside Minton's Carbondale apartment.
A January 2013 coroner's inquest could not determine the manner in which Molly died, whether it be suicide, homicide, or accidental.
Larry Young has argued from the beginning that police botched the investigation into his daughter's death.
"We will not quit until we find the truth through a complete investigation," Larry Young said. "We are now convinced that an honest and thorough investigation has not been accomplished. We continue to be perplexed by the secrecy of law enforcement surrounding this case."
In May 2015, Jackson County Circuit Judge W. Charles Grace dismissed the civil lawsuit against Minton.
Grace ruled that Larry Young failed to file the lawsuit within two years of his daughter's death, as required by statute.
Young's attorney argued that the civil suit was filed in a timely manner due to the fact that Larry Young had not received the information he had been requesting in this case.
Young had filed Freedom of Information Act requests to Illinois State Police for any and all records pertaining to Molly Young's death investigation.
On June 29, 2015 the Public Access Bureau determined that ISP improperly withheld records as requested by Larry Young.
The bureau directed ISP to provide Young with copies of all the records, subject only to redacted private information.
Young says he also filed FOIA requests to Carbondale police 17 months ago, and still has not received the records he requested from that department.
Young has also appealed to the Pubic Access Bureau regarding the documents he is still waiting for from Carbondale.
Young hopes that now the court will see that he did not receive the information he needed to file the lawsuit any sooner than he did.
No criminal charges have ever been filed in connection to Molly Young's death.