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Husband charged in Wake County mother's slaying

Posted December 14, 2009
Updated December 15, 2009

— The husband of Michelle Young, a pregnant Wake County woman killed in her home more than three years ago, was charged Monday in her slaying.

Authorities arrested Jason Young, 35, of 41 Mockingbird Lane, Brevard, after a grand jury indicted him on a charge of first-degree murder, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

Jason Young charged with wife's murder Jason Young charged with wife's murder

Michelle Young, 29, was five months' pregnant when she was found beaten to death in her home on Nov. 3, 2006. Her then-2-year-old daughter, Cassidy, was found unharmed in the home.

Harrison said Transylvania County and Wake County deputies pulled Jason Young over in Brevard at about 1:30 p.m., while he was driving and detained him without incident. He arrived at the Wake County jail Monday evening for booking and is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

Jason Young who moved to Brevard with his daughter after his wife's death, has long been a suspect, and in March, a Wake County judge awarded her family $15.5 million in damages in a wrongful death suit against him.

According to search warrants in the case, he told investigators he was out of town on business when his wife was killed. Michelle Young's sister, Meredith Fisher, found her body after he asked her to go to the couple's home to retrieve a fax.

Testifying during a hearing regarding the wrongful death lawsuit, sheriff's investigator R.C. Spivey called the slaying "particularly brutal."

"(It was) the most severe physical beating I've ever seen someone encounter," he said. "This [was] pretty extreme, a pretty vicious attack that she underwent."

An autopsy found Michelle Young died from blunt force trauma to the head after being hit at least 10 times. The report also suggests that her killer tried to strangle her before beating her to death.

Calls to Michelle Young's mother, Linda Fisher, and sister, Meredith Fisher – who has primary custody of Cassidy Young, were not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

Calls to Jason Young's attorney, Roger Smith Jr., also went unanswered.

Investigators haven't offered a motive for the killing, but in search warrants, investigators have described the couple's marriage as a "volatile" relationship that included violent arguments and infidelity on his part.

Other warrants implied Jason Young might have sneaked out of a Virginia hotel room the night his wife was killed, and others suggested Cassidy Young had been drugged to keep her quiet during the crime.

Prosecutors and investigators said Monday's arrest is a culmination of three years of hard work.

"They've been back to witnesses to try to gather small tidbits of information. They've looked at thousands of pages of documents," Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said. "The investigators have doggedly pursued this and have done a very good job."

Harrison, who has kept a photo of Michelle Young on his desk since the beginning of the case, said investigators worked hard and that "everything had to be just right" before they could make the arrest.

"Her mother gave (the picture) to me, and it was a reminder every day that we had a case to solve, and we've been working diligently to solve it," he said. "It makes me feel good today to look down at the picture."

"(Jason Young's arrest) is part of a closure for both families, but still there's some ways to go," he continued. "It's sad, in some circumstances, because nobody's a winner in this."


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  • Adelinthe Dec 15, 2009

    cpccarolyn - "I don't understand why it took sooooo long."

    They wanted to be sure they had a good solid case against him, and from what I understand, they do.

    Praise and Thank God, and the wonderful work of the RPD.

    God bless.


  • familyfour Dec 15, 2009

    SURPRISE, surprise.

    Three tries (this will be four) and I can't say a single thing that will make it past or wonderful moderators.

    Seriously.....he can kill his wife and walk for years....but I can't say what a sorry excuse for a human he is...

    COME ON!

    We are adults.....I think we can handle the truth.

  • itsmyownopinion Dec 15, 2009

    I wonder what his holiday plans were before his arrest. Did he live every day for the last three years watching, waiting for LEO to show up and say, "You have the right to remain silent...?" Giving him the presumption of innocence, it's hard to understand how men presume they can get away with murdering their wives. We have almost reached an epidemic of these cases.

  • nanasix Dec 14, 2009

    This is a sample of what good detective work and patience can do. I know everyone involved (except the husband) is thankful for all the hard work and many hours put into this investigation. Hopefully, they will try him in the near future and this family can get beyond this part and start to mend their lives. I know how hard it is to loose a child, and my son's death was an accident, I can't comprehend what they've been going through. God bless each and everyone of you, including the detectives.

  • cpccarolyn Dec 14, 2009

    I don't understand why it took sooooo long

  • wbearp Dec 14, 2009

    Great job to the Investigators on this case. Maybe he'll get more than "life".

  • incensed Dec 14, 2009

    Thanks, to all law enforcement for your hard work. And thank you God. It's been a long time coming.

  • sona Dec 14, 2009

    I'm so thankful that in these three years another woman was not a victim of this monster's volatile temper.

  • Scubagirl Dec 14, 2009

    You can run but you can't hide.....forever!


  • Tired Of Excuses Dec 14, 2009

    It was just a matter of time.