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NC Wanted camera spots Jason Young

Posted August 6, 2009
Updated August 7, 2009

Jason Young, the primary suspect in his wife's 2006 murder, was playing basketball at a Transylvania County gym, when NC Wanted producers approached.

Young's wife, Michelle Young, was five months pregnant when she was beaten to death inside the couple's Wake County home on November 3, 2006. Search warrants and other documents related to the investigation have pointed to one suspect – Jason Young.

Investigators say that to this day, Jason Young refuses to speak with them about his wife’s murder.

Thanks to a tip from a viewer, NC Wanted learned that Young would be playing basketball at the Transylvania County Activities Center.

The NC Wanted camera captured footage of Young playing in the first half of his basketball game.

During halftime, Young entered the gym lobby and initiated a conversation with the NC Wanted producer.

“Whatcha shooting for?” Young asked.

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"I'm shooting with NC Wanted, and I wanted to know if I could have a couple of words with you," the producer said.

"About what?" Young said.

"The murder in Raleigh? Michelle Young?"

"You came here for that?" Young said.

“Sure. It’s a big deal,” the producer said.

“Talk to this guy; he’s the gym manager,” Young said as he walked inside the gym behind one of his teammates.

“It’s kind of bush for you to put the camera in somebody’s face,” the teammate said.

“But this is not a normal situation. This guy is the primary suspect in a high-profile murder investigation,” the producer said.

“Yeah, he’s a suspect, but has he been convicted of anything?” the teammate said.

During this interaction, Young walked from the gym to the lobby then to the gym manager’s office. The NC Wanted producer walked with him.

“Why won’t you talk to investigators? It’s just a simple act to talk to them about your murdered wife,” the producer said.

Jason Young did not respond.

Young and the gym manager eventually emerged to play the second half of the basketball game. As play got underway, tensions rose when one of the players threw the basketball directly at our producer, hitting him in the face.

The gym manager then blew the whistle, stopping play.

“All right, no cameras in the gym. I checked with my boss. Out of the building!” the gym manager said.

The Transylvania County Activities Center is a public place, and the NC Wanted camera was permitted to be there.

The Michelle Young murder case has received national attention, and NC Wanted's footage is the first time Jason has been captured on camera since his wife's funeral.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 7, 2009

    Seeing that Jason Young is a suspect in this case. His lawyer has instructed him not to say anything about the case to the press or anybody else for that matter. Same thing with the Jon Benet case when they finally proved that the parents were innocent after identifying them as suspects for years in the case.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 7, 2009

    "No matter what he says unless he confesses they have to have evidence to prove it to the satisfaction of the jury. Dont forgot all those innocent people had an attorney and 12 people said they was guilty. It is no small accomplishment to get 12 people to agree on anything. Can you imagin just getting 12 people to agree on what to have for lunch?"

    Having served on a jury, it's easy to get a group of 12 to agree.

    None of the 12 on the jury want to be there and they will normally agree with the most vocal or the majority just to get out of there.

    Our jury system is a joke. People are on the jury against their will. They are unhappy being there and justice is the farthest thing from their mind.

    They just want the hearing over so they can get on with the rest of their life.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 7, 2009

    The worst thing that can happen to you in North Carolina is for somebody to murder your spouse.

    Law enforcement takes the easy route and assumes the spouse did it instead of performing real police work to find the real killer.

    If someone kills your spouse in North Carolina, you can safely assume that you will be falsely accused, prosecuted, and sent to jail for the killing.

    Anyway, what happened to innocent until proven guilty.

    NC Wanted was harassing an innocent man who hasn't been proved guilty in a court of law.

    If I was Jason Young, I would sue NC Wanted for harassment and slander.

  • Made In USA Aug 7, 2009

    His guilt shined brightly in this footage.

  • Made In USA Aug 7, 2009

    Any loving husband would have wanted to talk to NC Wanted about their wife's murder if it would help capture the person that killed her...unless.....

  • Frank Downtown Aug 7, 2009

    He gave the kids up to his in-laws so he is a free-wheeling bachelor now!!

  • thepeopleschamp Aug 7, 2009

    "More than likely. He should be locked up. Where is the law now?" professor

    They are the ones actually working the case. Please cite your investigative experience and tell us what you would do if you were the lead detective now.

  • Professor Aug 7, 2009

    Do you reckon guilt is keeping him from sleeping at night?

    More than likely. He should be locked up. Where is the law now?

  • SweetB Aug 7, 2009

    I know he looks really bad and Creepy! {{{shiver}}}

    and YES you are correct becasue when he gets IT they wantIT to stick!!!!

    RIP Michelle.

  • Clover Aug 7, 2009

    Hmmm, Jason Young as nurse. There's something extremely unsettling about that :-(

    Bravo to NC Wanted & WRAL for getting this amazing footage.

    Good work!