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NC court to hear Jason Young's appeal for new trial

Posted December 11, 2013
Updated December 12, 2013

— The conviction of a Raleigh man found guilty last year in the 2006 murder of his pregnant wife is expected to go before the North Carolina Court of Appeals on Thursday.

Jason Young, 39, was convicted March 5, 2012, of first-degree murder in the beating death of Michelle Young, who was found in a pool of blood by the side of her bed.

The appeal has to do with several decisions Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens made during the seven-week trial, including whether he should have allowed testimony regarding a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michelle Young’s family, as well as a lawsuit regarding the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Cassidy.

Other testimony that jurors should not have been permitted to hear, Jason Young’s appellate attorney argues, is that of a daycare worker who said she watched Cassidy, six days after the crime, re-enact her mother’s attack using dolls.

Michelle Young, 29, who was five months’ pregnant, suffered at least 30 distinct blows, mostly to her head, according to a medical examiner’s testimony,

Jason Young was arrested three years after the crime and initially went to trial in 2011. Stephens, however, declared a mistrial when the jury deadlocked on a verdict.

The issues raised in his appeal have to do with testimony that was presented at retrial and not the original trial.

Jason Young has maintained he was away on business in Virginia at the time and that his wife’s killer has never been caught.

Defense attorneys argued there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime and that evidence at the home suggested someone other than Jason Young could have killed Michelle Young.

But the state argued that the couple's marriage was troubled and that Jason Young, pressured by the responsibilities of marriage and family, wanted out of the relationship.

The night before his wife's death, prosecutors said, he checked into a hotel just over the Virginia border and then drove back to his home and committed the crime before returning to Virginia to continue on with his trip.

Michelle Young’s sister discovered her sister's body more than nine hours later, as well as Cassidy, unharmed, hiding beneath the covers of her parents' bed.

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  • kat4eagles Dec 13, 1:11 p.m.

    I followed Jason Young's trial too and the list of things that the state could not explain were overwhelming, I will never believe this guy did it.

  • gem825 Dec 12, 12:09 p.m.

    I followed both trials, have read and studied any and all evidence. I've viewed various reports and have read all trial testimony as well as viewed every minute on WRAL video.
    If anyone takes the time to do this, you will conclude there is absolutely no way this man can/would be found innocent.
    He committed this crime, he was found guilty of this crime, and I am hoping and praying he stays right where he belongs.

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Dec 12, 10:32 a.m.

    He did it. I hope he gets a new trial, so they can find him guilty again, and then send him straight to the chamber.

  • sandim50 Dec 12, 10:31 a.m.

    Well, here we go again. It was enough that we had the Cooper haters group & the Young haters group when we wnt through the first trial, but now we are back again. How about letting the justice system work. We can all agree on one thing in both cases. Lots of issues went unresolved, with the Judges the "experts" also the denial of some "experts" to give evidence,
    the coffee ladies with nothing to do but go to bridge, pool, shopping and be experts on who "dunit"

  • OGE Dec 12, 10:18 a.m.

    It's funny how my post that showed NC Wanted and WRAL in not such a nice light did not get posted....

  • OGE Dec 12, 8:44 a.m.

    I guess the man hating biddies are on here in full force today...wanting a man to stay guilty when there is nothing but curcumstantial evidence against him.

  • kat4eagles Dec 11, 4:46 p.m.

    The state could never find a motive that stuck, then there is the car in the driveway at 5:am, the 5-6 hour drive through the mountains.Please give him a new trial.!

  • kat4eagles Dec 11, 4:25 p.m.

    NOT GUILTY!!

  • kat4eagles Dec 11, 4:21 p.m.

    This is good news,also hope they strike the eye witness testimony from the gas station attendant out who admitted she had "memory" problems.
    Go JY! Good Luck.

  • eb2cents Dec 11, 4:03 p.m.

    Java323 - you sound sympathetic and logical. Just a wild guess that you might know more than the rest of us. Having said that: if any of Michele's family is online, please know that many of us believe you, support you, and wish the very best for you...

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