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Jason Young quiet on wrongful death lawsuit

Posted December 2, 2008

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— The husband of a slain Wake County mother found dead in her home more than two years ago is not contesting claims that he is responsible for her death.

And by not responding, attorneys for Michelle Young's mother say Jason Young is admitting to allegations that he killed the 29-year-old more than two years ago.

"In layman's terms, it allows us to get a default judgment against Jason Young," said Raleigh attorney Paul Michaels, who represents Michelle Young's mother, Linda Fisher. "It means he admitted the substantive allegations of the complaint."

Jason Young had 30 days to file a response to Fisher's Oct. 29 lawsuit, filed days before the two-year statute of limitations on a wrongful death action was set to expire. No response and no request for an extension had been filed Tuesday morning.

His attorney, Roger Smith Jr., declined to comment.

"It was, I'll admit, somewhat of a surprise to us," said Fisher's other attorney, Jack Michaels. "But then again, the defense of what we think is a pretty large substantial case would have been rather expensive potentially."

Michelle Young was five months' pregnant with her second child when her sister found her lying face down on Nov. 3, 2006, inside her home at 5108 Birchleaf Drive. Her then-2-year-old daughter, Cassidy, was unharmed at her side.

Fisher is seeking two claims, her other attorney, Jack Michaels, said.

"One is to get him adjudicated as the slayer of Michelle, and the second is a wrongful death claim for money damages," he said.

A judge will be asked to rule on the two issues in the coming weeks. If Jason Young is declared his wife's killer, under law, he would not be allowed to collect insurance benefits.

Fisher wants any benefits, as well as punitive and compensatory damages, to go to Cassidy, now 4.

Since his wife's death, Jason Young has moved with his daughter to western North Carolina, where his family lives.

He told Wake County sheriff's investigators that he was out of town on business when his wife was killed. Although authorities have never named him a suspect, search warrants suggest he is the focus in the case.

The Wake County District Attorney's Office and the Wake County Sheriff's Office also declined to comment Tuesday about the civil or criminal cases.

But Sheriff Donnie Harrison said last month the case is an active investigation and something he wants "to bring to some resolution pretty quickly."

Fisher said Tuesday she also hopes for resolution.

"I just agonize over it, you know?" she said. "And I just want some resolve. My daughter needs justice, and this is my first step."

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  • Dr. Dataclerk Dec 3, 2008

    Let the law enforcement do their jobs...

    If only they could without the busy bodies.

  • Raleigh Dec 2, 2008

    I'm very sorry that Michelle was killed......I dont blame Jason at all for avoiding the police and keeping quiet. As I understand, Jason has not been arrested for any murder including the murder of Michelle. As I also understand, Jason doesnt have to answer Michelle's mom at all. So, keeping quiet is understandable and by not answering doesnt mean he is guilty. Let the law enforcement do their jobs...

  • Drakula_I_G Dec 2, 2008

    Whether or not he would be found guilty in a criminal court has little to do with what one can see with one's own eyes about this case. If he would be found guilty in criminal court, I'd say GOOD ONE, JURY. If not, then I'd say that particular jury really blew it. Basing one's opinions on what a certain group of 12 people decide is rather silly. You can use your own judgement, and based on the NC MOST WANTED story on this case, it would be asinine to think he's not the killer. If you haven't seen it, request the episode on tape. Everything on it is FACT, no "opinion," and a smidgen of commen sense will point your opinon in the right direction.

  • babyboomer47 Dec 2, 2008

    Michelle Money should feel a great deal of remorse.

  • Common Sense Man Dec 2, 2008

    I'd go with clueless over defensive.

  • kathy8791 Dec 2, 2008

    rather, it appears you are rather defensive.

  • ratherbnnc Dec 2, 2008

    That's the point I made earlier. You're all over the place.
    Cookie Me Elmo

    Not all over the place! Kinda goes hand in hand doesnt it?

  • Common Sense Man Dec 2, 2008

    "Sure you can have enough Probable Cause to obtain an arrest warrant, but the DA sure would like to you to have enough evidence to convict if you go to the trouble of getting a warrant."

    That's the point I made earlier. You're all over the place.

  • CSMs Alter Ego Dec 2, 2008

    "Sure you can have enough Probable Cause to obtain an arrest warrant, but the DA sure would like to you to have enough evidence to convict if you go to the trouble of getting a warrant."

    That's what I wrote earlier. I give up. You're all over the place.

  • Topsail Girl Dec 2, 2008

    sorry for all the typo's y'all - it has been a long day. LOL

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