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Warrant gives new look into Michelle Young murder probe

Posted November 6, 2008
Updated November 7, 2008

— Wake County authorities found a number of Internet searches, including "head trauma knockout" and "anatomy of a knockout," were made on one of Jason Young's computers prior to the beating death of his wife, Michelle Young, more than two years ago.

The information comes from affidavits that investigators gave a Superior Court judge to back up a request for a new search warrant for the computer that Novo Nordisk had assigned to Jason Young. The executed warrant was returned Thursday after investigators got the computer from the Williams Mullen law firm on behalf of the company.

They show that investigators were focusing on the slain mother-to-be's husband, his phone records, e-mails, conversations and actions before and after his wife was killed.

Michelle Young, 29, was five months' pregnant with her second child when her sister found her lying face down in her bedroom on Nov. 3, 2006. Her then-2-year-old daughter, Cassidy, was unharmed in the same room.

Among other searches that investigators told the judge they had found earlier on a computer of Jason Young's were real estate and owner-listing information for the couple's home at the time, 5108 Birchleaf Drive; "ischemia" (a decrease in the blood supply caused by constriction or obstruction to blood vessels); "divorce" and "right posterior parietal occipital region" (back of the head).

Crime-scene search

The warrant's supporting paperwork reveals that a search of the residence conducted by the City-County Bureau of Identification showed a pillow, located in Michelle Young’s bedroom, carried two footwear impressions in what appeared to be blood.

Further analysis of the footprints showed the number “10” in the shoe’s imprint. The FBI footwear database matched the shoe impression to two Hush Puppies brand shoes that had been discontinued, the warrant stated.

A DSW Shoe Warehouse card was found during the crime-scene search of the Young’s residence. Authorities contacted the DSW store in Cary to locate shoe purchases made by Jason and Michelle Young. It was determined that a pair of Hush Puppies Orbital plain-toe, slip on, men’s casual leather shoes, size 12, were purchased along with three other pairs of shoes on July 4, 2005, according to affidavits investigators supplied in requesting the warrant.

Hush Puppies officials told investigators the Hush Puppies Orbital model had the same outsole design as both the discontinued brands. The shoe had also been discontinued.

A search of the crime scene also found bottles of Tylenol Extra Strength adult cold medicine and Pancof-PD, a drug used to treat cough and nasal congestion associated with upper respiratory tract infections and allergies, in daughter Cassidy’s bedroom, according to the affidavits. Pancof-PD has sleep-inducing side effects.

The medications were located on shelves with children’s vitamins and medications. The safety of the Pancof-PD’s components – chlorpheniramine, dihydrocodeine and phenylephrine – for children younger than 2 has not been established, according to the Web site Drugs.com.

Cassidy Young’s medical records, obtained through a May 29, 2008, court order, showed no mention, prescription or reference to Pancof-PD, investigators said. The records did contain notes of children’s medications, ibuprofen, Tylenol and rash creams, the affidavits continued.

Investigators found Jason Young was a pharmaceutical sales representative for Pan American Laboratories, now known as Pamlab, from March 2002 until January 2005. According to the warrant, company representatives told investigators Jason Young was trained about and represented Pancof-PD.

Phone records and e-mails

Investigators also recovered a number of e-mail exchanges between Jason Young and Michelle Money, a Florida woman with whom they say he was having an extramarital relationship.

Phone records from a month prior to Michelle Young's death also indicate approximately 980 phone calls and text messages between him and Money.

There were approximately 207 cell phone contacts between the two over the next two years and at least one face-to-face meeting, the search warrant says.

Further phone calls from Oct. 4, 2006, to Nov. 3, 2006, also are of interest to investigators, the warrant says, including 28 calls to his mother, Pat Young, on the day Michelle Young was found and four calls from her mother, Linda Fisher, on the same day.

Investigators say that calls from Fisher would have been unusual and that Jason Young's "failure to return those calls needs to be placed in context."

"A call from Linda Fisher would be unusual … Jason Young has a pregnant wife at home, and he has called her twice without reaching her (at work)," the warrant says.

He made one phone call prior to arriving at his mother's house on Nov. 3, and that was to Money, the warrant continues.

E-mail conversations between Jason Young and his sister about his wife's death are also mentioned in the warrant.

"I hired a good attorney … and I haven't been arrested even though it's been obvious that the focus has been on me," he writes.

Marital problems

In addition to Jason Young’s relationship with Money, investigators interviewed two of his former co-workers who claimed he was “very flirtatious” and did not appear to be happily married.

The first co-worker interviewed said Jason Young told her, “I’m not getting sex” and “She (Michelle) bribes me for sex,” according to the warrant.

The second co-worker was trained at Sentric Medical by Jason Young. She said he spoke inappropriately with her about sex and said he was sexually frustrated with his wife.

In e-mails, Jason Young also was found to have denied or hidden his marital status. In May 18, 2006, an e-mail to a female who attended Camp Illahee in Brevard, where Jason Young was an instructor during his teens, he wrote “I didn’t end up getting married…," according to the warrant.

Last week, Michelle Young's mother, Linda Fisher, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jason Young, claiming he murdered his wife.

Jason Young told Wake County sheriff's investigators that he was out of town on business when his wife was killed, and authorities have never said they suspect him.

Since his wife's death, Jason Young has moved with his daughter, now 4, to western North Carolina to be closer to his family.

Neither Sheriff Donnie Harrison, the Wake County District Attorney's Office, nor attorneys representing Fisher would comment on Thursday's warrant and affidavits. Calls to Jason Young's attorney were not immediately returned.

Earlier this week, however, Harrison said the case is still active with investigators assigned to it full-time.

"We meet on this almost every day. It is no way a cold case," Harrison said. "Hopefully, we'll make an arrest in the near future."


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  • lazerdoc Nov 7, 2008

    I can't wait to hear what they find on his old work computer.

  • kikinc Nov 7, 2008

    Jeffrey MacDonald was charged in military court for the murders of his wife and children, but the charges were dismissed because of insufficient evidence to warrant charges at that time. This was not the same as an exoneration, leaving him able to be charged again. Soon after, he applied for a hardship discharge, which was equivalent to an honorable discharge, and was granted it. Since he was now out of the army, the only place he could be tried was in civilian court. Surprisingly enough, his indictment by the state of NC occurred after his wife Colette's mother and stepfather filed a formal complaint against him for the murders. He argued double jeopardy when he was charged again, but that got shot down. We all know the rest of the story. He just got denied a new trial again. When will this guy quit?

  • haggis basher Nov 7, 2008

    "The work computer searched in this warrant was from his most recent employment that he got fired from in August or September of this year."
    So not one he had before the murder? It will be hard to make anything from that into evidence that will stick......unless its a written confession.

  • Weetie Nov 7, 2008

    So they have no physical evidence? What about circumstantial evidence??? How is he still out on the streets? I wait for the news of his arrest everyday. WHAT are they waiting for???

  • FE Nov 7, 2008

    "i thought double jeopardy was only if you were charged for a crime. then you could not be charged for it again. if you are found innocent and later they find more evidence you can be retried. like the jeffrey macdonald case." carolinagirl

    Once a person is found innocent of a crime (via trial) that person cannot be tried again for the same crime, hence "double" jeopardy. Prime example is if OJ said "I did it!" there is nothing legally that can now occur. "New evidence" usually goes the other direction, to clear a previously convicted person.

    This is why the phrase "one bite of the apple" applies to criminal trials.

    Civil and criminal trials are separate, as are federal and state charges. Again, OJ was "innocent" in criminal but lost out in the civil trial. I think the MacDonald trial was acquittal in the military system, and later conviction in the state system.

    I'm sure there are lawyers on the board who can explain it better.


  • java323 Nov 7, 2008

    Superman - The work computer searched in this warrant was from his most recent employment that he got fired from in August or September of this year. So no, LE is not "lame". Hopefully he'll be arrested any day!

  • BottomLine Nov 7, 2008

    Also, kudos to law enforcement - they know what they are doing here, and they know when the lights go out in Brevard what this guy is doing and where he is. In the end he'll get his, quite literally.

  • BottomLine Nov 7, 2008

    Can't wait to hear how him mamma was involved in this. Interesting 28 phones calls ... you did what ? you didn't, i did. let me call a lawyer quick and don't talk with anyone ... looks like even his sister has doubts of him.

  • justabovewater Nov 7, 2008

    My fear in cases like this is, the father, knowing that the police are on to him, taking the child and doing something to harm her. I know it sounds so macabre, but not so far out there in these times.

  • superman Nov 7, 2008

    We have a very "lame" sherifs department. Two years and they now decide to check his computer at work? Duh! Some individuls have gone to prison-- they were found innocent at the time of the time but if they later found additional evidence they can charge him with lying under oath. They could also not charge him with all the charges and withhold some for a different trial. But then I am not a lawyer either! McDonald could have only been charged with one murder in the first case and recharged for the other murders in the second case. I think McDonald was tried both in a civil case and also had a military trial. Dont recall which one was first. We need some intelligent people investigating this case.