Civil suit delayed in Molly Young case

By Branda Mitchell, @BrandaM_DE

A hearing in the wrongful death suit filed by Larry Young against his daughter’s former boyfriend Richard Minton has been delayed until Feb. 24 because of the judge’s connection to the case.

Molly Young, Larry Young’s daughter, was found dead in the apartment of Minton—who was a dispatcher at the Carbondale Police Department—the morning of March 24, 2012. Judge Christy Solverson, who was assigned to the civil case, had signed a search warrant the day Molly Young’s body was found.

“[Solverson] is recusing herself because she did sign the original search warrant and could be a potential witness in the wrong doing on the part of the officials,” Larry Young said. “There is going to be a motion to assign a new judge.”


A press conference regarding Molly Young and Pravin Varughese, an SIU student found dead Feb. 18, 2014, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Veteran of Foreign Wars office in Murphysboro.

Larry Young said the press conference will be about the lack of action of officials involved. He said there are plans to file a complaint with the Department of Justice over violations of the Freedom of Information Act.

“We haven’t done that last step yet,” Young said. “A lot of people don’t have their facts straight. In the process of that, you lose the statute of limitations for official misconduct. We’ve given that up in exchange for possibly bringing [Minton] to trial someday. We’re in the process of having all our ducks in a row before we go higher.”