Young finances subject of new search warrants
Posted December 15, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — Detectives investigating the beating death of a Wake County woman more than five years ago have sought financial information from accounts she and her husband held according to four search warrants made public Wednesday.
The Oct. 21 warrants are for of Jason and Michelle Young’s bank statements and other bank records between January 2004 to December 2008.
Michelle Young was found beaten to death inside her home on Nov. 3, 2006, and Jason Young is awaiting a second murder trial in connection with her death. The first trial ended in a mistrial in June after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.
In asking for permission to access the records, a State Bureau of Investigation agent said Michelle Young's mother said that her daughter had been stressed about additional costs related to a townhouse the couple had and about finances in general.
"These records may contain evidence of a financial reason for the murder," SBI special agent Robin Todd wrote in the search warrant affidavits.
Jason Young, who was arrested in December 2009, 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.
His retrial is scheduled to begin Jan. 17.
During a routine hearing Thursday, Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens said he expects jury selection to last several weeks because of extensive media coverage of Young's first trial.
He added that he hasn't ruled out the possibility of going outside Wake County to find jurors.