Michelle Young

Young finances subject of new search warrants

Posted December 15, 2011

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— 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.

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  • fayncmike Dec 16, 2011

    "I am sick and tired of these lunatics getting off and back on the street because of some "technical" mumbo jumbo.

    howdiditgettothis"

    Yes, due process is sure a lot of gobbledygoop. I suppose you'd prefer having the peasants, carrying torches and pitchforks, storm the castle?

  • abylelab -BT- Dec 16, 2011

    hopefully he gets a fair judge for round two. it would be very disheartening if the only reason he's convicted is because of bias against persons accused of a crime.

  • abylelab -BT- Dec 16, 2011

    take the plea and serve the time....whether or NOT you did the CRIME....heck...that rhymes...strike one up for me......
    dollibug

    you get a +1

  • jag53 Dec 15, 2011

    ignore that last comment, I realize I have added brad cooper's wife to the jason young thread... sorry, mea culpa

  • jag53 Dec 15, 2011

    @ howdiditgettothis, what is the "technical mumbo jumbo" that you speak of ??? The jury in his trial was for acquital, with holdouts for guilty... suspect you haven't followed the evidence... his wife mentally abused him, she cheated on him in their own home, and, for many that would be a motive... not Jason... the investigators ignored suspects, clearly, because they had made up their mind... give the man a fair trial...

  • howdiditgettothis Dec 15, 2011

    I am sick and tired of these lunatics getting off and back on the street because of some "technical" mumbo jumbo.

    She was beaten so severely.......beyond comprehension.

    There are too many inconsistencies and strange happenings(who props open a hotel door??????) all occurring with HIM as the common thread.

  • dollibug Dec 15, 2011

    ++++Why is Wake County still investigating in this case? So, they didn't present their best case in the first trial?

    NOPE...they were NOT EVEN PREPARED to ask him questions....I guess they "expected him NOT to testify".....it was interesting....you should go watch it...as it is probably still available for viewing....

  • dollibug Dec 15, 2011

    Perhaps they are going to "see" if the financial records...hold the Proof of MURDER.....really?????? One would have surely to goodness thought that someone would have already done this before the FIRST TRIAL...OH...that's right....the STATE was NOT EVEN PREPARED to cross examine him.....I remember now....Perhaps the State thought that JY would take a "plea bargain" like ANY and ALL ACCUSED PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSE TO DO....
    No joke here....I heard an attorney say...."THEY" frown on people who DO NOT TAKE PLEA DEALS....guess this is right....as this would be the EASY WAY OUT....for the prosecutors....take the plea and serve the time....whether or NOT you did the CRIME....heck...that rhymes...strike one up for me......

  • Milkman Dec 15, 2011

    Why is Wake County still investigating in this case? So, they didn't present their best case in the first trial?

  • My Humble Opinion Dec 15, 2011

    Could have been two people other than Jason Young but I bet he is involved. If he didn't do it himself, he probably paid someone to do it for him while he was "out of town on business". Who else had motive and the little girl was not injured and do not remember anything missing in the house. I hope he gets a fair trial and then spends the rest of his days in jail.