Michelle Young

Jury selection complete in Jason Young retrial

Posted February 1, 2012

— Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the retrial of Jason Young seated the final alternate juror in the case Wednesday, ending a lengthy selection process that included the dismissal of two jurors.

Young, 37, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his pregnant wife, Michelle 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 of seven men and five women failed to reach a unanimous verdict, forcing a judge to declare a mistrial.

It took attorneys 12 days – about seven days longer than in the first trial – to seat eight women and four men on the jury, as well as two men and two women as alternate jurors.

Last week, Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens dismissed a male juror after concerns that he was posting on a message board about the case.

Stephens dismissed a second juror on Tuesday after someone allegedly heard him talking about the case at a Garner restaurant.

Opening statements are expected Monday. Testimony, which lasted 11 days in the first trial, is expected to last anywhere from four to six weeks, attorneys have said.

Young has denied any involvement in his wife's death, saying he was out of town at the time of the crime. Defense attorneys suggested in the first trial that possibly two other people were responsible for Michelle Young's death.


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  • Vanilla Skye Feb 3, 2012

    The state has an uphill battle in this one.
    They lost confidence in the last split vote of 8-4 NG, and now need to regroup and try to present the same evidence all over again......The only problem is there were cars at the Young home which preclude Jason completely.

  • GOPACK80 Feb 2, 2012

    Jay, what happened to that dark pullover on video at midnight?
    Perry Mason moment, perhaps?

  • Vanilla Skye Feb 2, 2012

    @vanillaskye I believe the clerk said he was a "friend" and a regular customer. Do you have friends that you do not know there names or what they look like? LOL
    Ingie Jones
    February 2, 2012 5:47 p.m.

    Nope, but do you think they still may be looking for him.

  • Catriona Feb 2, 2012

    You are so right, TJGH3 They should not have decided to retry when the first trial ended with a 8-4 vote in favor to acquit. That makes no sense. - Vanilla Skye

    Seems the DA's office disagrees with you. Maybe they know something you don't.

  • Ingie Jones Feb 2, 2012

    @vanillaskye I believe the clerk said he was a "friend" and a regular customer. Do you have friends that you do not know there names or what they look like? LOL

  • Vanilla Skye Feb 2, 2012

    Too bad the "mystery witness" at the gas station was never found. Really hurt the Prosecution cases with this witness.

  • Ingie Jones Feb 2, 2012

    @GoPack80 Don't get the "Big Head"....Hard not to figure you out you post everywhere. At the moment Jason Young is in the IUPG category. In this posters opinion.

  • GOPACK80 Feb 2, 2012

    Ingie, yep I think BH did a terrible job and is the only reason for the mistrial. Thanks for following me all over cyber-space!

    Jason Young is GUILTY

  • Ingie Jones Feb 2, 2012

    they didn't prove it was Young's shoe or his foot in the shoe that made the print. If there really was solid evidence, the prosecution wouldn't need two tries plus littering the internet with their junkyard dogs.
    February 2, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    @tjgh3 As a matter of fact Agent Karen Morrow admitted that she could not say that they were Jason Young's shoes. She further testified that she could not say with certainty the exact size of the shoe.

    Looking forward to this testimony again.

  • Tarheel born Feb 2, 2012

    Let's get on with the conviction......