Jackson Co. State's Attorney speaks out on Molly Young case
DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) - Through social media, and national media attention the calls for justice in the Molly Young case only seem to get louder.
The 21-year-old died last year from a gunshot wound to the head.
But, a coroner's jury did not rule it a suicide, calling her cause of death undetermined.
There was a news conference on the Young case held on Monday afternoon.
The Jackson County state's attorney decided to step before the microphones to address the growing interest in the Young case and clear up a few misconceptions.
Michael Carr says he stands by his promise to pursue any new evidence presented to him in the case.
The prosecutor also explained why the young family was told last year her case was closed.
Carr says the state police officer requesting information for the family mistakenly said Carr closed the case.
"I was not given the opportunity to review this statement, did not authorize it and it is not accurate," Carr said at the news conference. "I have no authority to close a state police investigation and did not do so in this case. The case remains open."
During the news conference, Heartland News asked about any gunshot residue found either on Young, or on her former boyfriend Richie Minton, at the time a Carbondale police dispatcher in the room at the time of the shooting.
"Two people were both in the same room," said Maj. Scott Rice, Illinois State Police. "If a handgun were fired in this room right here, everybody in this corner may or may not have gun powder residue on them. It's not an exact science, it's not like a fingerprint. It's either there or it's not."
State's Attorney Carr stressed he understands the young family's pursuit of justice, but says a decision to prosecute is made on evidence, not rumors or political pressure.
Crystal Britt's been digging deeper into the Young case for weeks. Look for the results of her Heartland News I-Team investigation in the coming weeks.
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