Jason Young retrial now set for Jan. 17
Posted December 14, 2011
Updated December 15, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — The second trial for Jason Young has been pushed back another week because of an unrelated scheduling issue, the prosecutor trying the case said Wednesday.
Young, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his pregnant wife, was scheduled to be retried Jan. 9.
Wake County Assistant District Attorney Becky Holt said the trial is now set for Jan. 17 and that she expects it will last about six weeks.
Young's first murder trial ended in a mistrial in June after a jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict.
Jason Young was arrested in December 2009, more than three years after Michelle Young was found beaten to death inside the couple's Wake County home.
He has maintained that he was out of town when the crime occurred and that he had no involvement in it.
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.
This is the second time Young's retrial has been rescheduled. In September, a judge moved the date from September to Jan. 9 to allow the court reporter more time to finish transcribing the original proceedings.
Young is out of jail on a $900,000 secured bond.