Michelle Young

Jason Young retrial now set for Jan. 17

Posted December 14, 2011
Updated December 15, 2011

— 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.


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  • shaygibson Dec 19, 2011

    Brutally murdered and no other felony committed - no rape, no robbery - it is pretty simple math. I am aware that there is not a lot of evidence in this case - again that points to the fact that this wasn't random. It was methodically planned out by the only person that had motive and opportunity.

  • Lightfoot3 Dec 15, 2011

    My gut tells me that he had something to do with it, but the evidence does not. Based on the evidence, or lack thereof, I'd vote for acquittal.

  • jackcdneh1017 Dec 15, 2011

    @aquamarine46 So tell me, if given the chance, you would administer the lethal injection to murder Jason Young (yes it is murder by definition, death certificate reads "homicide") based on your idea that he is guilty of the crime since his wife was so brutally murdered that it could only be done as a crime of passion, hence JY the only person who could have done it? 12 other jurors could not agree he did it and in fact the vote was more heavily favored as acquittal, but your "knowledge" of such crimes gives you such a strong opinion. This why jurors convict innocent people (and no I am not saying JY is factually innocent). It is because jurors are so easily swayed by junk science and proseutorial misconduct. Pray that you will never find yourself in front of a jury composed of people such as yourself who form such opinions on zero scientific basis.

  • amenmike Dec 14, 2011

    If you can't convict, try, try, trial again.

  • madntad Dec 14, 2011

    The biggest and saddest thing is the lifes lost. The next is that Wake County Prosecutors do not have iron clad proof and should stop wasting money that Wake County REALLY DOESNT HAVE!!!

  • aquamarine46 Dec 14, 2011

    I still say, people are not as brutally murdered as she was by someone not passionately involved........and who "take care" of a child left behind by cleaning her up. The guilty will not be able to skate out of this one.

  • dwntwnboy Dec 14, 2011

    "Pregnant women aren't randomly murdered"- people are "randomly murdered" daily around the country- pregnant and/or not. Makes no difference- murder is murder, random or not. This COULD be random....could not- we ,and it sounds like the prosecution, don't know.

  • buford Dec 14, 2011

    Pregnant women aren't randomly murdered. Keep in mind there is always more to the story than is allowed to be presented at trial." shaygibson

    Jennifer Nielsen was pregnant when she was murdered on her paper route. Unfortunately no one has been arrested, no suspect named in her murder.- itsmyownopinion

    Very true but Jennifer wasn't "brutally beaten". I believe her murder was random IMO.

  • sjb2k1 Dec 14, 2011

    there's reasonable doubt. give it up, prosecutors...

  • dollibug Dec 14, 2011

    Here is hoping that there is NEW SOLID PROOF and EVIDENCE that Jason Young can be CONNECTED to the murder and GUILTY of doing it....IF NOT....OMG....does Wake County just continue to have the "money" to throw away on trials such as this....so what will a new set of jurors actually "see" that will make this man GUILTY?....

    I guess we will all just have to wait and see....now won't we???

    Kinda like the BRAD COOPER trial....where the "smoking gun" turned out to be a 42 second google search...which WAS NOT EVEN PROVED IN COURT THAT BRAD DID IT....I think this is one of the reasons that INNOCENT people GET FRAMED for CRIMES that they DID NOT DO...."someone just had a "gut feeling" or a "thought" that Brad was guilty.....the "duck theory" was quashed...and so the "last thing" was the "google search"....and since the jury DID NOT HEAR everything about this...and how it was more than likely just "planted"....it worked....12 people needed to go home...and did NOT think about it...