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Warrants detail e-mails between Jason Young, father-in-law

Posted February 10, 2009
Updated March 11, 2009

— Michelle Young's father told investigators his son-in-law is methodical, very smart and can change who he wants to be, according to new search warrants in the unsolved murder case of the 29-year-old pregnant mother.

"We're convinced he's a chameleon," Alan Fisher told Wake County sheriff's investigators. "He is what you want him to be, and he's got multiple personalities and he leads you to believe that that's the person he is. The minute he's out of your presence, he's a chameleon to someone else."

Jason Young's attorney, Roger Smith, had no comment Tuesday about the statement or about the latest warrants.

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

Investigators have made no arrests in the case, but Jason Young, who has been a focus of their work, is referred to as a primary suspect in Tuesday's warrants. He told authorities he was out of town on business when his wife was killed.

The warrants also reveal that DNA on a medicine dropper containing liquid residue and found in Cassidy's bedroom matched hers.

Investigators believe that whoever killed Michelle Young might have tried to drug the girl to keep her from interfering, according to a July 25, 2007, warrant.

The latest warrants, issued Feb. 9, were for two Hotmail e-mail accounts belonging to Jason Young. Investigators say he used them in a Dec. 13, 2006, e-mail exchange with Fisher.

In those e-mails, Fisher, who died last summer of cancer, writes that he wants to be supportive of Jason Young but that Young has not been up front in answers about an extramarital affair.

"I feel very put off and I am not happy," Fisher writes. "We will not under any circumstances turn our backs on you, but I need to know that you are being forthright with me."

In an interview with Detective Richard Spivey, Fisher also said that Jason Young's actions during a visit led him to become "much more suspicious" of Young.

Fisher said that Jason Young never tried to tell him that he was not involved in his wife's death and that he seemed to be on "top of the world. It was like Michelle was a thing of the past."

The affidavit that supported investigators' request for the search warrant states the visit was in March, but it's unclear how long after the slaying.

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

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.

Last week, Young and Linda Fisher reached a settlement in a custody dispute over Cassidy. He and Michelle Young's sister, Meredith Fisher, will share custody.


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  • babyboomer47 Feb 10, 2009

    Maybe Michelle Money killed Michelle Young.

  • RealityAddict Feb 10, 2009

    Throughout the document the USER ID @hotmail.com has been omitted however on the very last page it is not covered, omitted...there plain as day.

  • haggis basher Feb 10, 2009

    "And if I didn't do it, I would've been in court every day to make sure that I didn't lost custody of my child".
    Unless you have had your wife murdered, and they are trying to pin it on you, you have no idea what you would do. Plus he has not lost custody. He has joint custody with Michelles Sister, possibly the right thing even if he didn't kill his Wife. He knows and likes her Sister and he knows his life is going to be difficult at best for years to come...it probably is for the best for the Child.

  • Tired Of Excuses Feb 10, 2009

    It's about time they start looking at this case again. It's been 2 1/2 years since she Michelle was found beaten in her home. I'm glad to see Jason's Father had questions about his son's honesty and that he had enough sense to send it in an email. The mere fact that Jason hasn't been cooperative screams guilt.

  • haggis basher Feb 10, 2009

    "They had less evidence for OJ Simpson murder trial."
    and OJ walked free. You only get one chance to try him. If he is found not guilty he walks free. Right now, if I was on the jury and they have no more than this, he'd walk even though I think he did it. They are nowhere near "beyond a reasonable doubt" yet.

  • kikinc Feb 10, 2009

    He would have fought by actually appearing at the civil trial. If I was accused of murder, and I was innocent, you betcha I'd be right up there, protesting my innocence. And if I didn't do it, I would've been in court every day to make sure that I didn't lost custody of my child.

  • haggis basher Feb 10, 2009

    "What would Michelle gain by drugging Cassidy??
    A quiet night? She had friends over that night remember? Perhaps someone more than a "friend" perhaps the real father of her child (see I can idly speculate too, they did no paternity test...) And who said it was THAT night. Folk often do give small doses of adult medicines to kids...they shouldn't but they do. If you were not there you are just guessing.

  • KevinUNC97 Feb 10, 2009

    They had less evidence for OJ Simpson murder trial. What is taking them so long to finally charge this guy? I guess money talks, and principle whispers in Wake County. This is RIDICULOUS!

  • angora2 Feb 10, 2009

    "Why is no one considering a paid killing?"

    A paid killer would have shot Michelle in the head, not beaten her to a bloody pulp, knocking out teeth. Whoever killed her was in a blind rage. That would be her husband, as is usually the case in situations like this.

  • Womble_Fred Feb 10, 2009

    Jason Young will face justice. It is up to Wake Co. DA Colon Willoughby now to make the call. I'm fine with patience and have faith that there will be justice for Michelle Young and her son. And Cassidy. And most especially - justice for Jason Young and a lifetime in Central Prison.