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Jason Young defense seeks info from wrongful death lawsuit

Posted December 16, 2011

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— Defense attorneys for a Wake County man accused of killing his wife five years ago want information related to a wrongful death lawsuit that was settled two years ago.

Jason Young is awaiting a retrial on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the Nov. 3, 2006, beating death of his wife, Michelle Young.

In March 2009, a judge awarded her mother, Linda Fisher, more than $15 million after he failed to respond to the civil claim against him.

To prepare for Young's second murder trial, defense attorneys want access to documents and witness statements not included in the civil court file that could clear their client or prove witness testimony unreliable.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens on Friday ordered that Fisher's attorneys turn over to the court any information about their investigation into Michelle Young's death. Stephens said he will review the documents and provide any that he deems significant to the defense.

Young's second trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 17. His first one ended in a mistrial in June after a jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict.

He has maintained that he was out of town when someone killed his wife and that he had no involvement in it.

Defense attorneys argued in his first trial 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.

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

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  • eccgc Dec 16, 2011

    If they are looking at the validity of witness statements they need to look at Jason and his family statements. All said he did not change clothing after arriving at mom's home yet the clothing he is wearing in the motel vids weren't in his suitcases. And yet they claim he is wearing the shirt in a photo of his daughter's BD party. So where was that shirt.
    Click to view my profile tigresspen

    Ditto! Glad to see you on here. I say, bring it on and let's get it right this time.

  • tigresspen Dec 16, 2011

    If they are looking at the validity of witness statements they need to look at Jason and his family statements. All said he did not change clothing after arriving at mom's home yet the clothing he is wearing in the motel vids weren't in his suitcases. And yet they claim he is wearing the shirt in a photo of his daughter's BD party. So where was that shirt.

  • yellow_hat Dec 16, 2011

    Do I think he probably did it - yes. Do I think there was sufficient evidence to convict him, absolutely not. We cannot convict people because they are the most likely candidate. Well, I should ammend that to "SHOULD not" , because that is what happend to Brad Cooper.

  • Big D 87 Dec 16, 2011

    Bottomline , I knew his mom, she was my school teacher. She is not one I would trust either. Its funny though, I was looking through my brothers high school album and Jason was voted most likey to sucseed.

  • frictionpowered Dec 16, 2011

    BottomLine,
    What do you see in his gestures and mannerisms?

  • abylelab -BT- Dec 16, 2011

    ++Dollibug since you have nothing better to do than post on WRAL all day please take the time to review ALL the evidence in this case. Thanks! I'm sure the real victim here, Michelle Marie Young, and her family would appreaciate it.
    lissad821++

    what evidence? the evidence that the police did NOT secure a positive ID of JY at the gas station? the evidence that there were two different sized shoes that JY does NOT wear at the crime scene? the evidence that the police NEVER followed up on TWO eye witness accounts of STRANGE vehicles in the area of the crime scene?

  • love2dostuff Dec 16, 2011

    Wow. So much ignorance and arrogance around here. He was accused by the courts and convicted by this forum with no evidence. You'd think with all the people around here screaming they want justice, they'd want the CORRECT person who did this is jail....instead of just someone they chose to prosecute. Bring out the pitchforks and torches villagers. I just hope the presumption of innocence would apply to any of you but then we'd all just convict you here in this forum and let you rot in jail even if you're innocent. Just as long as "someone" is in jail....we don't care if it's the right person or not.

  • lissad821 Dec 16, 2011

    Dollibug since you have nothing better to do than post on WRAL all day please take the time to review ALL the evidence in this case. Thanks! I'm sure the real victim here, Michelle Marie Young, and her family would appreaciate it.

  • 247 Dec 16, 2011

    Hmmm $15 million!!??!! I don't understand this.

  • dollibug Dec 16, 2011

    +++++Dolli, I agreed with you on the BC case, but this one is clearly different. They have enough proof and info in this case to fry JY but the DA did an extremely poor job presenting it. I am still amazed one is sitting in prison and one is free - should be the other way around.
    anti-Mako II

    And the "evidence is what exactly"? Besides he was married to the woman killed....

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