Michelle Young

Crime scene agent describes bloody scene at Young home

Posted February 13, 2012

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— Testifying Monday in the retrial of Jason Young, a crime scene investigator described for jurors the grisly scene in which he found Michelle Young's body inside the couple's Raleigh home more than five years ago.

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Michael Galloway, an investigations supervisor for the City-County Bureau of Investigation, the organization that collects evidence for law enforcement agencies at crime scenes in Wake County, showed jurors video and photos of the Youngs' home on the afternoon of Nov. 3, 2006, the day the 29-year-old pregnant mother was found in the master bedroom in a pool of blood.

Jason Young, 37, was arrested in December 2009 in connection with Michelle Young's slaying. He is on trial for a second time after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in his first trial last summer.

Defense attorneys say their client was out of town on business at the time of his wife's death, that there is no physical evidence linking him to the crime and that the case has not been solved.

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Prosecutors, however, contend that Jason Young's marriage was in trouble and that he did not want to be married anymore. They allege that he traveled to Hillsville, Va., about three hours from Raleigh, checked into a Hampton Inn hotel and then returned to Raleigh to commit the crime.

Galloway testified that, when he arrived at the home, that Michelle Young was lying on the floor between her bed, Jason Young's closet and a tall dresser. She was on her stomach, with her head in the closet doorway, and her feet were partially under the bed.

There was blood behind the dresser, blood spatter on the wall – from the floor to the ceiling – and blood on the inside and outside of the closet door, he said, as if the door had been closed during the attack.

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"It was my opinion that the door had to be shut when she fell against the door, and (she) had to be picked up to actually open the door," Galloway said.

Also on the bottom of the wall near the closet door, Galloway said, he noted a bloody indentation – approximately an inch long – that appeared to be some type of impact mark.

Galloway found a partial palm print on the upper part of the closet doorframe, he said, as well as two other distinct impressions on the wall nearby.

The first impression – 46 inches from the ground and 19 inches from the door – was from an unknown source, he said. The second – 8 inches from the door fame and 56 inches from the ground – appeared to be a fingerprint.

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In the bed, Galloway saw blood on the sheets, comforter and pillow. Several decorative pillows on the floor were also bloody.

Galloway said he also found several broken and whole teeth beneath Michelle's Young body and inside the closet.

"I found her face to be horrific – several lacerations, split teeth, missing teeth, lacerations in her scalp," Galloway testified.

Galloway also noted bloody shoeprints on pillows on the floor and on the floor leading away from the body and into the hallway.

In the bathroom across from the bedroom, he said, there were small, bloody footprints and socks on the floor and blood smears on the bottom of the wall.

Investigators believe the footprints are those of the Youngs' daughter, Cassidy, who was 2 at the time. She was found hiding beneath the covers of her father's side of the bed.

In Cassidy's bedroom, Galloway said, he noted that a bottle of adult-strength liquid Tylenol was on a shelf along with a medicine dropper that appeared to have some of the liquid inside of it. Detectives have speculated in search warrants that whoever killed Michelle Young might have used the medicine to make the child drowsy.

The downstairs of the Young home, Galloway said, didn't appear to be disturbed, and there were no signs of forced entry.

Galloway noted blood on the knob on a door to the garage from the kitchen.

Outside the house, he saw a tire track in the mud next to the driveway next to a lamp post by the street. He also noticed a water hose in the backyard running with water leaking from both the spigot and handle.

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  • movetomaui Feb 16, 2012

    *------ Especially since her report changed from seeing something up next to the house, to being parked on the street. **

    She said she say the light colored mid sized suv up next to the house, and a van parked on the street across from the house.

  • movetomaui Feb 16, 2012

    *Good question. Why would he have all the house lights on as well? For that matter, why would anyone turn all the house lights on?*

    to make absolutely sure they didn't leave any physical evidence in the house - anywhere. It's hard to cover your tracks in the dark.

  • movetomaui Feb 16, 2012

    *ok so IF he did do it why in the world would he leave his car in the street? **

    He didn't. You didn't listen. It was parked up next to the house as if someone were moving....so says the newspaper witness who say a light colored mid sized suv in his driveway at around 3:30am.

  • Chill Out Feb 14, 2012

    ok so IF he did do it why in the world would he leave his car in the street? why wouldn't he park in the driveway or garage? if he went through all this trouble not to be seen why wouldn't he hide his car too? busterbluth

    Good question. Why would he have all the house lights on as well? For that matter, why would anyone turn all the house lights on? Were they all left on by MY? Did this come up in the testimony of the sister?

  • dogwonder Feb 14, 2012

    "Someone saying they say a light-colored or white SUV is pretty meaningless since so many people have them. -fromageball

    ------
    Especially since her report changed from seeing something up next to the house, to being parked on the street. Probably right after the ride along with cops at night - discovering that you clearly see the house from the road. Her testimony also included that the Young house was further back from the road than the other houses. However, according to google maps - it appears to be the same distance as houses on either side.

    My guess is that she did remember seeing some lights on. Then when the cops badgered her about vehicles around, she tried to fill in the blanks (help them out). Thus a non-genuine memory.

  • Comfortably Numb Feb 14, 2012

    imo a white ford explorer is the most generic looking automobile there is. They're everywhere. Someone saying they say a light-colored or white SUV is pretty meaningless since so many people have them.
    fromageball
    By itself yes, but not with all the other things.

  • Comfortably Numb Feb 14, 2012

    ok so IF he did do it why in the world would he leave his car in the street? why wouldn't he park in the driveway or garage? if he went through all this trouble not to be seen why wouldn't he hide his car too?
    busterbluth
    His truck was seen in the driveway, backed in, by the newspaper carrier.

  • busterbluth Feb 14, 2012

    new story up

  • buford Feb 14, 2012

    agree 100%! If you're innocent you have nothing to lose. If you don't talk, especially AFTER you have a lawyer, it screams "GUILTY!" It's funny how some people on here are acting like they've been in Jason's position before, and they wouldn't talk either. Yea right! An innocent person would want to do everything in their power to help -movetomaui

    Brad Cooper talked and look where it got him...

  • bitsyfae1 Feb 14, 2012

    Actually, since MY was beaten to death beyond what would be considered enough...nothing would surprise me. We are talking about flipping a switch, losing your cool to the point that the rage takes over etc. Any scenario, any person. I had already previously commented about missing clothes, shoes and the weapon...every empty lot, dump, dumpster, pond/lake/creek from Enchanted Oaks to...to where??...would have had to be searched. Was that a feasible thing to do? And Dollibug, people confess to crimes they didn't commit out of shear idiocy. Or, they are already pinned for something else and its a trade off. Mostly though, I think its just weak will. Have they started yet? On with the trial...

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