Illinois State Police directed to release Molly Young photographs

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Illinois State Police directed to release Molly Young photographs

By Bill Lukitsch, @Bill_LukitschDE

The Illinois Attorney General is directing Illinois State Police to release photographs related to the high-profile death investigation of former SIU student Molly Young.

A binding opinion was issued by the Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request sent to Illinois State Police in August by her father, Larry Young.

The Illinois State Police denied access to photographs from the crime scene and autopsy in September, citing an exemption under state FOIA law that allows agencies to withhold records that would constitute unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

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Larry Young filed an appeal with the Public Access Counselor in October.

“I’m developing my case even though it took this long,” he said during a phone interview Thursday. “I’ve had to do it this way.”

Molly Young was found dead on March 24, 2012 in Carbondale at the apartment of her ex-boyfriend Richie Minton, who was a dispatcher for the Carbondale Police Department at the time. She suffered a gunshot wound to the top left side of her head.

Larry Young said he does not want to view the the post-mortem photographs, but will have them reviewed by forensic experts who can make their own determinations on the evidence.

Bill Lukitsch can be reached at [email protected] or (618) 536-3329.

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