Michelle Young

Attorney general petitions NC Supreme Court to review Young appeal

Posted April 16, 2014

Jason Young (North Carolina Department of Public Safety photo)

— The North Carolina Attorney General's Office on Wednesday formally asked the state Supreme Court to review an appellate ruling in the case of a Wake County man convicted of killing his pregnant wife nearly six years ago.

Two weeks ago, a three-judge panel with the state Court of Appeals vacated Jason Young's first-degree murder conviction and ordered a new trial after finding that the judge in his 2012 trial should not have allowed jurors to hear about two civil lawsuits against Young.

The 40-year-old is serving life in prison for first-degree murder in the Nov. 3, 2006, beating death of Michelle Young, 29, who was found in a pool of blood in the couple's home on Birchleaf Drive in Raleigh.

The Appeals Court found that Young's presumption of innocence was "irreparably diminished," in part, by prosecutors' evidence about a wrongful death lawsuit and a default judgment declaring Young the killer because he never responded to the lawsuit.

The basis of the state's 46-page petition to the Supreme Court deals with legal principles and the appeals court's standard of review in the case, which it contends conflicts with previous rulings of the higher court.

"Discretionary review is warranted because the decision of the Court of Appeals conflicts with decisions of this Court and because the case involves legal principles of major significance to the jurisprudence of the state," the attorney general's office said wrote in its filing.

Young remains in custody at Alexander Correctional Institution in Alexander County

He has maintained his innocence in the crime, saying he was out of town on business when someone else killed his wife.

But prosecutors argued that the couple's marriage was volatile and that he wanted out of the relationship.


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  • ConservativeVoter Apr 17, 2014

    Next time the DA needs to present real physical evidence linking him to the murder. So far in the first two trials all they have presented is circumstantial evidence along lies, innuendo, and rumor from his wife's friends. There were too many loose ends including the brain damaged convenience store worker who said on the stand she had problems remembering things. The car the newspaper carrier saw leaving the house during a time when Jason had to be headed back to Virginia to make the DA and LEO's timeline theory work. Who took the time to clean up the child when the house was covered in blood. This was time Jason Young didn't have based on the timeline theory presented by the DA and the LEO's. Bloody footprint in house was a different size than Jason Young wore. Bloody hand print and finger prints in the house that didn't match Jason Young and his wife. This story has so many lose ends that causes a reasonable doubt about who killed Michelle Young.

  • kat4eagles Apr 17, 2014

    3 trials and there is still doubt.

  • monami Apr 16, 2014

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    You must not understand "circumstantial evidence." Fortunately, the jury instructions explain its validity for the jury before they deliberate.

  • kweb1013 Apr 16, 2014

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    Mountain of evidence? Really? It was all circumstantial. They have no evidence linking him to this murder.

  • loveyhowell Apr 16, 2014

    Wonder if Jason is allowed a cigar break at Alexander Correctional?

  • Elizabeth Deaver Apr 16, 2014
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    Now that's funny! he does resemble Conan a bit!

  • CherryDarling Apr 16, 2014

    Ah, no... his presumption of innocence was "irreparably diminished" by the mountain of evidence against him - not because the jurors heard anything about civil lawsuits I'm sure they already knew were going to happen.

  • euimport1 Apr 16, 2014

    a lot of money wasted on this. he's guilty, and that should settle it.

  • lazyrebel Apr 16, 2014

    This guy deserves a new trial./

  • Olenc Native Apr 16, 2014
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    I was surprised he was convicted. Nothing but circumstantial evidence.