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Nine jurors seated in second Jason Young murder trial

Posted January 23, 2012

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— Attorneys in the second trial of a man accused of beating his pregnant wife to death more than five years ago had seated nine jurors in the case as of Monday morning.

Jason Young, 37, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Michelle Marie Fisher Young, who was found beaten to death in their home just south of Raleigh on Nov. 3, 2006.

He was arrested in December 2009 and went to trial in June, but a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict, forcing a judge to declare a mistrial.

Jury selection began Tuesday in Young's retrial with a pool of 75 potential jurors.

Prosecutors ask each prospective jurors about their exposure to coverage of the case and whether they can put aside any preconceived notions in order to serve.

Prosecutors also ask prospective jurors if they watch any TV crime dramas, whether their religious beliefs would prevent them from passing judgment and whether their lives have been touched in any way by domestic violence.

Once the state has selected 12 potential jurors, defense attorneys then have the chance to interview them and excuse up to six in the entire jury selection process.

The process continues until the state and defense have agreed on the full complement of 12 jurors and a number of alternate jurors yet to be determined. So far, five women and four men have been seated.

After deliberating for more than 12 hours in Young's first trial, the jury of seven men and five women appeared to be leaning toward an 8-4 not-guilty verdict.

During more than two weeks of testimony, the state contended that the Youngs' marriage was strained because Jason Young didn't want to be married or have children because the responsibility conflicted with a bachelor-like lifestyle that consisted of an affair, football tailgate parties, drinking and partying with friends.

Young, who was among the 48 witnesses to testify, said he was out of town when someone else killed his 29-year-old wife and that he had no involvement in the crime.

But prosecutors claimed that he checked into a Virginia hotel, drove 169 miles back to his home, beat his wife to death and drove back to the hotel.

Defense attorneys argued that two people could have been involved in the crime, pointing out that DNA evidence found inside the house didn't match Jason Young and that he didn't have time to commit the crime in the timeframe laid out by the state.

Opening statements in the retrial are tentatively scheduled for Feb. 6, and testimony could last as long as six weeks.

Young, meanwhile, is out of jail on a $900,000 secured bond. If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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  • jackcdneh1017 Jan 31, 2012

    If I were the Defense I'd be calling the lead detective in the Melissa Ann Mooney murder case and having them testify as to how they almost railroaded her ex husband into prison for life based on very, very similar *theories* and evidence...then I'd be sure to have them testify how they completely overlooked the real murderer because they based their entire investigation on the premise "The Husband Always Does It"!!!!!!

    If they haven't identified who was wearing the shoes that make the second set of bloody footprints then they are wasting our time and Jason Young's life!

    Thank you for this post, affirmativediversity. Let's use the circumstantial argument to convict the husband in this case. Troubled marriage+known bad temper+animosity over child support +violence in the home+death threats+ex-wife says husband will kill her+6'1" 200 lbs+huge hole in alibi+DNA on the bed+hair in the house husband says he had never been in = guilty! Not so fast, someone else killed Melissa Mooney

  • justice4my Jan 27, 2012

    I knew Jason and Michelle. When I heard of her passing, I never thought Jason at first. But after all the evidence that came together, there is not a bone in my body that doesn’t think he had something to do with it. I am married....can someone please tell me if you would be willing to not help police if your spouse was beat to death, and child left there if you were 100% innocent? If I were innocent, covering myself would be the least of my worries...and I don’t think I would hang up the phone on the Investigator on the day that she died? Would you? More like bending over backwards to HELP!!!! police.

    As sad as this case is, justice needs to be served. Lets hope the jury puts it together.

    This passion crime on a random Thursday night…are there really people out there that think 2 strangers did this, with nothing looking like a real robbery?

    Once last question – All those Jason supporters, where do you think that dark jacket disappeared to that he was seen wearing on the h

  • Vanilla Skye Jan 25, 2012

    I don't know, was there evidence that Jason Young himself unplugged it? That's all that really matters here - Jason Young does not have to prove his innocence; the prosecution has to prove that he is guilty. In the last trial 8/12 jurors didn't see proof.
    fromageball
    January 25, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    His prints were not found, in FACT
    There was a print that did not belong to him.

  • fromageball Jan 25, 2012

    "Who would unplug a video camera at the hotel Jason Young stayed at, the camera that would have filmed him leaving at midnite and returning at 6 am, and hours later push that camera to point up at the ceiling so he could get back in undetected ?"

    I don't know, was there evidence that Jason Young himself unplugged it? That's all that really matters here - Jason Young does not have to prove his innocence; the prosecution has to prove that he is guilty. In the last trial 8/12 jurors didn't see proof.

  • janesdean55 Jan 25, 2012

    Jason Young is NG, and will be found NG.......

    The drive from his hotel to Raleigh ia 3 hours each way.

    This trial will end up the same as the first one, and Jason will be released and this nightmare for him and his family will finally be over.
    Vanilla Skye
    January 25, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    You don't seem too concerned for the nightmare to end for Linda Fisher adn Meredith and Casssidy Young, tho... What if this were your sister ? Would you want a trial that brought a unanimous verdict or rather 12 people not determine his guilt or innocence and it would just hang like in limbo forever ??? The detectives testified in the middle of the nite, that it was a 2 1/2 hour drive, he had time to do it (and motive and opportunity) he even internet searched opportunity as well as head trauma knockout, strangulation, head trauma to the back of the head, divorce, his mistresses name (michelle's "friend") umm the list goes on and on He's GUILTY

  • Vanilla Skye Jan 25, 2012

    Jason Young is NG, and will be found NG.......

    The drive from his hotel to Raleigh ia 3 hours each way.

    This trial will end up the same as the first one, and Jason will be released and this nightmare for him and his family will finally be over.

  • janesdean55 Jan 25, 2012

    Hmm, Jason worrying that no one was going to get the hell over there and find his wife adn daughter ? Who would unplug a video camera at the hotel Jason Young stayed at, the camera that would have filmed him leaving at midnite and returning at 6 am, and hours later push that camera to point up at the ceiling so he could get back in undetected ? Who wanted out of their marriage, who slept with more than a few women, including some of her best friends, one in her living room just a week before she was killed ? Who wore that second pair of shoes that made the bloody prints on the pillow, but were 2 sizes too small for Jason ? Oh, Jason had blisters and bruises on his feet when examined by cops nearly a week later Blisters !! It goes on and on, but the evidence is there, read up on the case

  • janesdean55 Jan 25, 2012

    her teeth were knocked out of her mouth, not broken but whole with roots ? Overkill, caused by extreme RAGE, then calls her sister to come and pick up an expired, useless e-bay printout the next day ? Oh, maybe Jason Young, that way she would have to discover Michelle's battered body and rescue the 2 yr old who had been left alone for over 10 hours with her dead mothers body. Who calls their mom 28 times in one morning, the very morning Michelle was murdered ? The calls stopped at 1:30 that afternoon, the same time Michelle's sister who had been sent to the house by Jason ws discovering her dead body and calling 911.Hmm, Jason worrying that no one was going to get the hell over there and find his wife adn daughter ? Who would unplug a video camera at the hotel Jason Young stayed at, the camera that would have filmed him leaving at midnite and returning at 6 am, and hours later push that camera to point up at the ceiling so he could get back in undetected ? Who wanted out of their ma

  • janesdean55 Jan 25, 2012

    Only in North Carolina would a man be tried twice for the same crime. Ridiculous.
    Click to view my profile cheezchicken
    January 23, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    sorry but anywhere there is a hung jury/mistrial, a suspect will usually be retried. The idea is for the jury to unanimously agree on a verdict, but you prolly knew that, huh ???

  • janesdean55 Jan 25, 2012

    He's innocent and has been penalized because he invoked his constitutional right to silence. What a mockery this makes of our justice system. It is no different than the bogus charges against the Duke players based on no evidence. Shameful.
    tjgh3
    January 24, 2012 6:51 p.m.

    This post makes a mockery of our justice system, Jason is being penalized for using his right as an American to remain silent ? Unbelievable !!!! And, sorry but this case has NO similarities to the Duke Lacrosse players case, that consisted of someones lies and no evidence, this case is mostly Circumstantial, but hundreds of murders have been proven with exactly that. Who else would carry a 2 yr old from the bloody murder scene in master bedroom to the bath, clean her up and put her to bed ? Who, would care about the home to not let bloody footprints be tracked beyond that doorway ? Who would beat a defenseless, pregnant woman to death in such a vicious rage that her teeth were knocked out of her mouth, not br

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