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Jason Young gets more time to respond to custody complaint

Posted January 16, 2009
Updated January 21, 2009

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— Jason Young now has until Feb. 17 to respond to a complaint in which his slain wife's mother is asking a court for custody of the couple's young daughter.

Attorneys for Linda Fisher filed the complaint last month, saying Young has not provided a stable living environment for his 4-year-old daughter, Cassidy, and that he relies primarily on family members to care for her.

Fisher's daughter, Michelle Young, was found beaten to death inside her Wake County home on Nov. 3, 2006. Cassidy, then 2, was found in the same room, unharmed, authorities have said.

Young had 30 days to respond to the custody filing. The extension gives him 30 more days. A hearing is still scheduled for Feb. 4, but it's unclear if that will be postponed.

Young and his attorney, Alice Stubbs, have also filed a motion to dismiss the custody case in Wake County and move it to Transylvania or Henderson counties, in the area where Young now resides with his daughter. That motion has not been heard.

In her lawsuit, Fisher also asks that Young undergo a psychological evaluation, claiming she has concerns about his parenting ability and his mental and emotional state.

Investigators have made no arrests in the case, but Jason Young has been a focus, and one investigator has stated in an affidavit that he believes Young did kill his wife.

Young told Wake County sheriff's investigators that he was out of town on business when his wife was killed.

Last month, a judge ruled in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Fisher that Jason Young was responsible for Michelle Young's death. Young missed a deadline to respond to that lawsuit.

Legal experts say the ruling has nothing to do with guilt or innocence, but it means Young won't be able to collect benefits from his wife's life insurance policy.


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  • lilalyn Jan 21, 2009

    Looks like a few posters here missed Jason Young being declared a Slayer in the Wrongful Death Suit.

  • angora2 Jan 16, 2009

    "Let's just hope that nothing happens to the child while the whole thing is postponed and in wait mode. If he can do it to his wife what would really stop him from hurting that child?"

    This is why the DA's office is proceeding very, very carefully.

  • Topsail Girl Jan 16, 2009

    There was/is evidence. Michelle's blood, brain and teeth all over the bedroom floor from Jason's beating her. And yes, if you READ the affidavits and motions you will see that Jason did INDEED have time to drive to Va and come home to kill Michelle. Bottom line is this - He killed Cassidy's mother and unborn brother. Who in their right mind thinks this child is safe with that monster??

  • Redjc Jan 16, 2009

    If the investigators have evidence to leak to the media that they are focusing on the husband as a suspect then why haven't they arrested him? The husband seems to have a rock solid aliby as to his whereabouts and its seems that the distance from the home address to where he actually was is too great of a distance for him to had the time to commit the crime. Now that being said, what evidence does the investigators have to focus on the husband? If they have evidence, they would arrest him. There is nothing to gain by not arresting him so I'm at a loss? All the speculating is just mind numbing! People can express their opinions but what ever happend to EVIDENCE? There had to be some kind of evidence at the crime scene. All of the technology we have and no evidence?

  • tiger50 Jan 16, 2009

    whooaaaa.... WHOCARES . . .. the Fisher family DOES LOVE their grandchild, niece, and cherished family member they NEVER get to spend time with. You need to back your truck up and HUSH!! You just have NO IDEA. WHO says she is sooooo happy where she is. I am sure she would LOVE to be with her Grandma Fisher and family as well............

  • tiger50 Jan 16, 2009

    IF Jason Young is guilty of murdering his beautiful wife - I pray he never get's a minutes peace or rest until he comes clean. IF he is guilty I hope it is proven in court in the very near future. Without a doubt he is guilty . ..and I know we must wait until he is proven guilty.... but I think his time is nearing.... and yes, shame on his parents for standing by and allowing him to live off of them and keeping that precious little girl from the Fisher family. Have no respect for the Young Family.

  • whocares Jan 16, 2009

    Way to go Life Goes On. These people make me sick stating that they LOVE their grandchild, but they are only interested in getting custody of her to punish her father. Leave her alone. She is happy where she is.

  • nonemeant Jan 16, 2009

    Killer or not, although I think the leaks out so far point to killer. I bet you he got down to the courthouse this time

  • dtwfrog82 Jan 16, 2009

    Judge Sasser is the judge on this case. Read all of the documents.

  • Life-goes-on. Jan 16, 2009

    Regardless of the relationship he had with his wife or whether or not he had anything to do with her death, he loves his daughter and his daughter loves her father.
    The grandmother needs to mind her own business until such time he is charged with a crime.

    This would never have been allowed if it were a mother accused of killing her husband and pawning her kids off on relatives.

    For heavens sake mothers dump their kids off on relatives and even total strangers at day care every day. Nobody is trying to remove their kids. This isn't about him or the grandmother, decisions are SUPPOSED to be made considering what's in the child's best interest. That would be living with her father that she loves.
    Try looking at this situation with her best interests for a change.