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Judge postpones Jason Young's second murder trial

Posted September 15, 2011

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— A Superior Court judge has delayed the retrial of Jason Young, accused of beating to death his pregnant wife inside their Wake County home nearly five years ago.

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Judge Donald Stephens issued an order Wednesday afternoon, moving Young’s second murder trial from October to at least January after the court reporter assigned to the case was unable to meet a deadline to produce a transcript from the first trial to prosecutors and Young's attorneys.

Stephens said the delay has to do with the workload demands of the Wake County court system, the vacancy of a court reporter position and a jury selection process that is expected to take longer than normal because of media coverage of the first trial.

Attorneys, who could decide on a new trial date at a routine status hearing later this month, agreed with the decision to postpone.

"I think it's the prudent thing to do," Wake County Assistant District Attorney Becky Holt said. "We want everybody to be ready with the retrial – both sides."

Young, 37, is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 3, 2006, death of Michelle Young, 29. She was found dead in the upstairs bedroom of their home south of Raleigh.

Stephens declared a mistrial in Jason Young's first trial in June after a jury became deadlocked in reaching a verdict.

Jason Young testified that he was out of town on business and had no involvement in his wife's death.

Prosecutors, however, argued that he checked into a Virginia hotel the night before and drove 169 miles back to his home, killed his wife and drove back to the hotel because he did not want to be married.

Michelle Young's sister discovered her body and the Youngs' 2-year-old daughter, who was unharmed, inside the home after getting a voicemail from Jason Young asking her to go to the home to retrieve some documents from a fax.

Defense attorneys argued that someone else, possibly two people, killed Michelle Young, noting DNA evidence found inside the house didn't match Jason Young and that there was no physical or circumstantial evidence implicating him.

Jason Young is out of jail awaiting trial on a $900,000 secured bond.


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  • wildcat Sep 16, 2011


  • 1 awesome Dad Sep 16, 2011

    This did not do it he was working hard in a motel room for his family

  • eccgc Sep 15, 2011

    fromageball, very doubtful!

  • fromageball Sep 15, 2011

    8 out of 12 jurors voted to acquit, and they think they will get a new panel of 12 jurors to vote guilty? It's definitely possible, but it's also possible that they've got the wrong guy on trial...

  • eccgc Sep 15, 2011


  • SailbadTheSinner Sep 15, 2011

    "A man guilty of murder will be a fugitive for the rest of their life."

    And, perhaps an innocent man, too ….

    One remembers Lizzie Borden, who was acquitted at trial, but lived the remainder of her life under a very dark cloud ….

    I’m content to let the process take its course. I am not concerned that, for the moment, the accused is at liberty. He doesn’t appear to be a threat to the society at large.

    I do concede that if the if the previous decision had been 1 – 11 against I might be a bit more apprehensive ….


  • jrfergerson Sep 15, 2011

    just slap him on the wrist like yall have done the most current ones that have been to trial lately, namely, the one that killed in cold blood 8 people in a rest home, the one that brutally killed his 10 month old step daughter. The woman that brutally killed her stepdaughter and dismember her body etc... on an on we go with the same as jurors don't have the guts to issue a sentence that is deserved. shame on them all including the judges.

  • eccgc Sep 15, 2011

    Come on Jason, you know you killed her! How can you sleep at night! Whether you're found guilty or not, you'll ultimately pay! "A man guilty of murder will be a fugitive for the rest of their life."

  • Sarge Sep 15, 2011

    "He says he loved his wife, yet his actions (affairs, etc) show otherwise. Focus on that for a good hour, then move on to the facts of the case for a few more hours....." and if that don't work, waterboard him....

  • kikinc Sep 15, 2011

    "If he didn't do it, who did?" is NOT an example of beyond a reasonable doubt. Random killings, as unfortunate as they are, happen all the time in the world.