Backpack of Bones, the Lakeia Boxley Killing
Lakeia Boxley vanished in March of 2008, last seen leaving her Durham apartment. How exactly Boxley disappeared or how she was killed is still unknown to this day. What we do know with certainty is that her bones were being toted around, carried in a backpack by Michael Dorman. His arrest came after one of his friends told authorities that Dorman admitted to killing a woman and had asked for help disposing of her remains.
Dorman told investigators that he only found the remains of Boxley, and planned to use them for his sexual gratification.
An autopsy of Boxley’s remains determined that she might have been shot in the head. Prosecutors claimed that Dorman admitted to accidentally shooting Boxley in the head with a shotgun after she refused to have sex with him. When that didn’t kill her, however, he strangled her and put her body in a suitcase.
In June of 2013, Dorman entered an Alford Plea to voluntary manslaughter. He read a written statement in court that said in part, “I’m pleading guilty not out of guilt, but out of fear that I won’t get a fair trial.” He was sentenced to 61 to 83 months in prison, and credited 1,107 days for time already served – meaning he’ll be free in 1-3 years.