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Michelle Young Home Is for Sale

Posted July 7, 2007
Updated July 8, 2007

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— The home where a Raleigh woman was beaten to death is up for sale.

5108 Birchleaf Drive, the 11-room home of Jason and Michelle Young, was listed this week on the Triangle real estate market at $424,900.

Described in the listing as a "beautiful, all-brick home on a large 1.8-acre lot," it has four bedrooms, 2½ baths, a bonus room and French doors "leading to a back deck overlooking a large fenced-in back yard."

Five-months-pregnant, Michelle Young, 29, was found dead face down in her bedroom on Nov. 3, 2006. Her 2-year-old daughter, Cassidy, was unharmed at her side.

Michelle Young was last seen alive at about 10:30 p.m. the night before her body was found. Authorities said she had been entertaining some friends at her home.

According to an autopsy report, Michelle Young was beaten numerous times and suffered a fractured skull. Several of her teeth were knocked out, and her jaw was broken. She also had bruises on both hands and a cut on her left thumb, the report said.

Jason Young was out of town at the time.

According to search warrants sworn out by Wake County sheriff's investigators, he allegedly had a relationship with a Florida woman for several months before his wife's death. The Youngs also had financial difficulties, and Michelle Young had a sizable life insurance policy, according to the warrants.

Authorities have not, however, called him a suspect.

Jason Young and his daughter have moved to western North Carolina to be closer to his family.

Last month, some of his relatives were moving items from the residence, but they would not comment on why they were at the house.

Local real estate experts told WRAL there is no law requiring sellers to disclose information about crimes that might have occurred in homes up for sale.

However, Sara Matyiko, a real estate agent with RE/MAX United in North Raleigh, said that a buyer's agent – a real estate agent hired by a prospective homeowner – is obliged to find out as much as possible about a property and share it with clients.


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  • dell Jul 10, 2007

    Lets just sit back and watch and wait. Believe me, he's being watched and doesn't even know when or where.

  • Brick Tamland Jul 10, 2007

    When are they going to arrest the husband? Did he even really leave town that day? If he was gone on business, does he have a receipt for where he stayed? None of that was answered. And he just happens to get Michelle's sister to go to the house to get a fax about a gift he was going to surprise Michelle with. Yeah, right. He did that so she could find Michelle and not leave their 2 year-old alone. And if someone else killed my wife, I would be all over the news trying to get help to find the killer. Did Jason ever come on TV? No. He won't even talk to the police. I guess it's harder having enough evidence when the killer lives in the same home. But it seems if she was not robbed or raped, and there is no other physical evidence that a stranger was in the home, then it only points to the husband. The same thing with the Janet Abaroa case.

  • ok4now Jul 9, 2007

    Good attorneys don't come cheap, J.

  • 39 going on 25 Jul 9, 2007

    Too spooky for me.. It's not about the price. LOL

  • WABRS Jul 9, 2007

    Wakecoparent wrote: "WRAL got the square footage wrong though it's not 3338 it's only 2876 and that is big difference."

    WABRS, a REALTOR, responds: "I looked into this, after reading your comment. WRAL has the same figure used in the Multiple Listing Service datasheet. If you were consulting a source such as tax records, please be aware that the square footage is not calculated and reported in the same way. Real estate agents must use the same techniques and standards employed by appraisers. Guidelines and forumlas are spelled out in a booklet written by the NC Real Estate Commission. There is no legal requirement to report square footage, but when it is reported, the NCREC expects it to be accurate."

  • tlh1005 Jul 8, 2007

    The home being put on the market isn't really and indication of guilt. He's moved 4.5 hours away, why carry the mortgage when you're not living there.

    I don't have a problem with WRAL reporting this as news. It is a bit tabloid like but nonetheless there are people who want to hear whatever they can. I'm not one of those people, but if the news is full of this type of reporting rather than more senseless crime and heartbreaking murder then I welcome it everyday. Lately a slow news day is a good news day in my opinion.

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 8, 2007

    There is no way I would buy that house. I am afraid of ghosts.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jul 8, 2007

    I will not respond to those play the race card, I will not respond to those who play the race card,...etc

    The husband in this story reminds me of "Lacy's" husband. After his pregnant wife "went missing" he couldn't wait to sell her truck, the house, etc. and changed his looks. And oddly enough, HE also was having an affair. Similarities are astounding....

  • owlady Jul 8, 2007

    I do not mind if WRAL wants to keep Michelle Youngs' name in the news. The sale of her house may not be *newsworthy* to some, but I think it is good to keep reminding the public that this is an unsolved murder, and justice for Michelle is still pending an arrest and conviction.

  • Nukelhed Jul 8, 2007

    I'll be the house has new carpet and paint.