Michelle Young murder case timeline of events
Posted May 31, 2011
Updated April 1
A look at key events surrounding the death and murder investigation of Michelle Young, who was found beaten to death in her Wake County home on Nov. 3, 2006, and the arrest and trial of her husband, Jason Young.
*All information is taken from court documents related to the case.
Aug. 12, 2003 – Jason Lynn Young and Michelle Marie Fisher marry in a civil ceremony.
Oct. 10, 2003 – Jason Lynn Young and Michelle Marie Fisher celebrate their marriage in a traditional wedding ceremony.
March 29, 2004 – Cassidy Young is born.
May 29, 2006 – Jason and Michelle Young are in a car wreck in Transylvania County. According to a police report, Jason Young drives off a road and down a 100-foot embankment into the French Broad River. Neither is seriously injured.
Nov. 2, 2006 – Jason Young goes out of town on business. Michelle Young, 20 weeks’ pregnant with her second child, is last seen alive in their Wake County home around 10:30 p.m. after having friends over for the evening to watch the TV show Grey's Anatomy.
Nov. 3, 2006 – Wake County sheriff’s deputies respond to a 1:30 p.m. 911 call from 5108 Birchleaf Drive in the Enchanted Oaks subdivision after Meredith Fisher finds her sister, Michelle Young, lying face-down in a pool of blood in her bedroom.
“I think my sister’s dead,” Fisher tells a 911 dispatcher. "There's, like, bloody footprints all over the house, like her daughter's little footprints.”
Michelle Young has died from blunt force trauma after being hit at least 10 times in the head during a struggle.
Nov. 8, 2006 – Jason Young responds to a non-testimonial court order to submit blood and DNA samples, as well as fingerprints.
The murder case attracts national media attention, headlining Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” and other news outlets, including CBS News and People magazine.
Nov. 9, 2006 – Michelle Young is buried.
Nov. 17, 2006 – Sheriff’s investigators release the Young home as a crime scene, two weeks after Michelle Young’s death.
July 18, 2007 – Michelle Young’s employer, Progress Energy, announces a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case.
Oct. 29, 2008 – Jason Young is named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of his former mother-in-law, Linda Fisher.
Dec. 2, 2008 – Jason Young fails to respond to the wrongful death lawsuit, allowing Linda Fisher to win a default judgment against him.
Dec. 5, 2008 – Ruling in the wrongful death suit, Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens finds that Jason Young “willfully and unlawfully” killed his wife and therefore bars Jason Young from collecting life insurance on his wife.
Dec. 17, 2008 – Linda Fisher and Meredith Fisher file for custody of Cassidy, now 4, saying they have concerns about Jason Young’s parenting ability and his mental and emotional states. The custody complaint alleges that Jason Young has consistently denied them telephone and personal contact and that he has posted photos of Cassidy on the Internet in attempts to get dates.
Feb. 6, 2009 – Meredith Fisher and Jason Young reach an agreement giving her primary custody of Cassidy, with him having visitation every other weekend, certain times during the holidays, birthdays and summers.
March 16, 2009 – Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith awards Linda Fisher $15.5 million in damages in the wrongful death suit.
Dec. 14, 2009 – Wake County sheriff’s investigators arrest Jason Young in Brevard, N.C., after a Wake County grand jury indicts him on a first-degree murder charge.
Prosecutors and investigators say the arrest is a culmination of three years of hard work. "It's been a long time coming," Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison says of the arrest, “but cases like this take time."
Aug. 26, 2010 – Prosecutors announce that they won’t seek the death penalty.
May 19, 2011 – Jason Young pleads not guilty to first-degree murder.
June 7, 2011 – After five days of jury selection, defense attorneys and prosecutors deliver opening statements in Jason Young's murder trial.
June 22, 2011 – Jason Young takes the stand to testify on his own behalf.
June 23, 2011 – After 48 witnesses and 11 days of testimony, the state and the defense deliver closing arguments.
June 27, 2011 – A deadlocked jury, having deliberated for more than 12 hours, says it is "immovably hung" at an 8-4 vote in favor of acquittal, prompting Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens to declare a mistrial.
July 20, 2011 – Prosecutors announce they will seek a new trial against Jason Young. A new trial is set for the week of Oct. 12.
July 28, 2011 – Jason Young is released from jail after his mother posts a $900,000 secured bond.
Jan. 17, 2012 – Jury selection begins in Jason Young's second murder trial.
Feb. 6, 2012 – The state and defense offer opening statements in Jason Young's retrial.
March 5, 2012 – After nearly 10 hours of deliberation, a jury finds Jason Young guilty of first-degree murder.
March 6, 2012 – Stephens orders the State Bureau of Investigation to look into allegations that a juror was talking about the progress of deliberations to someone who wasn't on the jury.
March 16, 2012 – Stephens confirms the jury verdict, saying the SBI probe found no evidence jury misconduct.
April 1, 2014 – The North Carolina Court of Appeals orders a new trial, saying Stephens should not have allowed testimony about the wrongful death lawsuit and child custody lawsuit.