Jason Young defense seeks info from wrongful death lawsuit
Posted December 16, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.