Molly Young

Special Prosecutor Named For Young Case

A former Morgan County state’s attorney will take over the investigation into the death of Molly Young.
Edwin Parkinson is the Special Prosecutor called for to investigate Young’s death. She was found dead from a gunshot wound in March of last year in the home of her ex-boyfriend Richie Minton, who also worked as a Carbondale Police Dispatcher. 
Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Carr requested a special prosecutor last month after questions regarding his bias towards the case.
Parkinson graduated from the John Marshall Laww School in Chicago and he says he was appointed as the Morgan County State's Attorney shortly afterwards in 1971. Parkinson was in office until 1981, when he left the office to go into private practice in Morgan County.

Parkinson says he stayed in private practice until 1987, when he was hired as the chief legal counsel for the Illinois Conservation Department, now known as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

He stayed with the Conservation Department until 1994, when he started working as a special prosecutor for the Illinois State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor office. He says he has prosecuted murder cases in 80 counties, but has no other affiliation with southern Illinois law enforcement.

Parkinson says he could not comment on the specifics of the case at this point in the investigation.

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