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Young defense concerned jurors are talking about case

Posted January 25, 2012

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— A defense attorney for a Wake County man being tried a second time in the death of his pregnant wife expressed concerns Wednesday about potential jurors talking online about the case.

Wake County Public Defender Bryan Collins, who is representing Jason Young, told Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens that he discovered postings to an Internet message board from two users purporting to have been among the pool of potential jurors.

According to the thread, one of the users was dismissed during the jury selection process, but the second user was selected as a juror.

Stephens said he would address the matter after attorneys finish choosing the jury.

So far, 10 jurors have been seated.

Jason Young Social media raises concerns in Young retrial jury selection

Young, 37, is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 3, 2006, beating death of 29-year-old Michelle Young, who was found on the floor of a bedroom in the couple's Wake County home.

He was charged in December 2009 and initially went to trial in June. Stephens, however, declared a mistrial after jurors couldn't reach a unanimous verdict.

Testifying during his trial, Young denied any involvement in the crime, saying he was out of town when it happened.

Opening statements in the retrial are scheduled to begin Feb. 6, and attorneys estimate that testimony could last up to six weeks.

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  • fayncmike Jan 27, 2012

    "OPINIONS do NOT count...in a courtroom...nor does "gut feelings, thoughts and anything else that you might think of...a courtroom is SUPPOSE to be EVIDENCE...period...
    dollibug"

    Are you kidding me?? Twelve people too dumb to get out of jury duty actually weighing evidence and coming to a reasonable conclusion? What planet do you call home?

  • love2dostuff Jan 26, 2012

    Mountainlover. I don't think we (or any of the intelligent people in here) are saying he's guilty or not guilty. We just think the court should present the evidence and let the jury decide. I don't know if he's guilty and I really don't care. But jumping up and down accusing people of being "less intelligent" because they don't believe he's one, or the other is premature and sophmoric.

  • kikinc Jan 26, 2012

    I meant the prosecution has a stronger case than they did last trial. Whoops!

  • kikinc Jan 26, 2012

    Even without new evidence, I think the prosecution has a stronger case. Or at least they can present a stronger case. They now see his rebuttal to their theory of the crime and they have his own testimony. He will probably have no choice but to take the stand again, and this time the prosecution will be better prepared (although they should have been ready last trial). I'm interested to see what happens....

    New evidence would really bolster the prosecution's case, too.

  • solarflare40 Jan 26, 2012

    GREAT post mountainlover!!! Finally a sane person!

  • solarflare40 Jan 26, 2012

    RE: "So based on your comment, all the people involved in the previous case (the police through the investigators, to the jury, attorneys and judge) were all unreasonable people who didn't agree with you???? You're kidding right???"

    What? That doesn't even make sense. The only one's who though he MAY be innocent we 8 jury members. Why would the prosecuting attorney's think he was innocent??? Why would the investigators think he was innocent???? Maybe you should think things through a bit before you type.

  • solarflare40 Jan 26, 2012

    based on the posts of many people on here, this country should not have a jury of it's peers. No any evidence that points to anyone else that can't be explained. DNA of 2 men in the bed room? They could have had furniture delivery guys deliver something and take it to the master bedroom. DNA lasts a LONG time. The 2nd shoe print? The mean the one that could have been Michelle's sister, who walked in and out of the room several time? The unknown van? There are unknown cars/trucks/vans in my neighborhood all the time, yet no one has ever been brutally beaten to death there. What else do you have? I'm waiting? Who had ANY benefit in killing Michelle other than Jason??? He loved someone else, they fought a lot, had financial trouble, and Michelle had a large life insurance policy. Some say, "Jason never tried collecting on the policy." Well, DUH! He was under investigation for murder, and insurance companies don't pay out in murder cases until the beneficiary is found innocent. gu

  • we2hedonists Jan 26, 2012

    I would deduce from reading the article and reading the posts that solarflare40 either works for the DA's office as an errand girl, or doesn't possess the intellect required to defend his statements. If you don't have the knowledge or intellect to defend your statements, then they're baseless. jesseramone

    Agreed.

  • mountainlover Jan 26, 2012

    I may be wrong, but judging from many of these comments, I do not believe that some would be capble of "connecting the dots" in a case based on circumstantial evidence. For others, a verdict of guilty would be impossible no matter what. An eyewitness would be unreliable. DNA would be "planted." A confession would be coerced by the police. I don't get it folks. Just because there was a hung jury once does not mean that this guy did not do it (it also does not mean that he did). Yet some seem total incapable of entertaining the possibility that he might have done it.

  • yourmadscientist Jan 26, 2012

    I would deduce from reading the article and reading the posts that solarflare40 either works for the DA's office as an errand girl, or doesn't possess the intellect required to defend his statements. If you don't have the knowledge or intellect to defend your statements, then they're baseless. jesseramone

    Very well stated. solarflare can't back up his statements so he deduces everyone else is less intelligent. No logic there. And I love love2dostuff "I bow to your inferior intelligence". Been on other forums with love2dostuf and he's hard to get anything past. Yeah, he's smart.

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