First hearing scheduled for wrongful death suit in Molly Young case

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Published: Apr. 7, 2015 at 3:56 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2015 at 9:34 PM CDT
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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The first hearing on the Molly Young wrongful death suit is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m. at the Jackson County court house.

Larry Young, Molly's father, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Richard Minton back in July of 2014.

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.

That 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.

A ruling to dismiss or proceed with the wrongful death lawsuit will be determined by the court in the following weeks.

In court today, the judge heard both sides.

While no charges have been filed and a coroner's inquest found her cause of death to be undetermined but Larry Young continues to blame Minton for his daughter's death.

According to the lawsuit, Larry Young claims Minton lured Young to his apartment to commit a wrongful act.

That he waited hours before calling police after finding Molly Young dead in his room.

And that Minton wiped the gun of any fingerprints used in the shooting, took off his clothes, washed them and then showered;

Despite having to wait for the judge's decision, both Larry Young and his lawyer say they are happy with today's outcome.

“I am very happy with him taking this under advisement rather than ruling from the bench. It shows me that he is very serious about the law and how to apply it and the facts in this case," said Charles Stegmeyer. 

The lawsuit also seeks more than $1 million in damages.

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