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Jason Young called mom repeatedly day wife died

Posted February 15, 2012

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— Jason Young repeatedly made calls to his mother on the morning his pregnant wife was found dead inside their Raleigh home, a Wake County sheriff's investigator testified Wednesday in Young's murder trial.

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Sgt. Ed McCormick testified that he traced Jason Young's cellphone activity from the evening of Nov. 2, 2006, until the next day, noting more than 20 calls to Pat Young's home phone and cellphone.

On the afternoon that Michelle Young was found dead, there was a series of five short calls – no more than 13 seconds each – to Pat Young's home phone between 12:03 p.m. and 12:09 p.m.

There was also a call lasting 76 seconds to her cellphone.

"Just knowing what I know about telephonic investigations, that seems like somewhat of a panicky call – like, 'I need her,'" McCormick testified. "He's calling her and calling her and calling her. It's multiple dials. If you needed (someone in an) emergency or you needed to get a hold of someone, you keep calling until they an answer – at least most people do."

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On cross-examination, McCormick admitted that some of the calls could have been dropped calls because of bad cellphone reception.

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

Michelle Young's sister found her facedown in a pool of blood on the afternoon of Nov. 3, 2006.

Meredith Fisher had gone to the house after her brother-in-law called asking her to retrieve papers from a printer in his home office.

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He was out of town at the time on a business trip, he testified in his first trial, and did not want his wife to find the printouts regarding a belated anniversary gift for her.

According to his cellphone records, McCormick said, he called Fisher at 12:10 p.m.

She testified that she found Michelle Young later that afternoon and also found the Youngs' 2-year-old daughter, Cassidy, hiding underneath the covers of her parents' bed.

Prosecutors contend that Jason Young left his home on the evening of Nov. 2, 2006, traveled to Hillsville, Va., where he checked into a hotel, and then returned to Raleigh and killed his wife.

The last call Jason Young had made that evening was to a woman named Michelle Money, with whom he was having an affair and had spoken to several times that evening, McCormick said

She was also one of the first people he called the next morning, McCormick said.

That stuck out to him.

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"One of the things that I look at from an investigative standpoint, he wakes up in the morning, and the first (person) he calls is his mother and then Michelle Money. That was a clue to me that something was going on."

Jason Young's third call that morning, at 7:49 a.m., was to his home phone. It lasted 115 seconds.

He also called his wife at work at 12:02 p.m. and her cellphone at 12:17 p.m.

Defense attorneys say there is no physical evidence linking Jason Young to the crime.

Witnesses testified Tuesday that there was no blood in his Hampton Inn hotel room or his SUV, despite the bloody crime scene and bloody footprints found in the second floor of the house.

Jennifer Remy, a hair and fiber analyst for the State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab, also testified Wednesday that hair samples from the scene, including a clump found in Michelle Young's hand, weren't consistent with hair samples collected from Jason Young.

There was also no trace evidence, such as carpet fibers, from the Hampton Inn found in the Young home, Remy said.

Defense attorneys were not allowed to question Remy about another piece of evidence – a single hair found on a jewelry box in the bedroom.

The hair was found weeks later by a private investigator hired by Jason Young's family.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens didn't allow it because it wasn't clear if it had been collected in a scientific manner.

However, he didn't rule out the possibility of defense attorneys asking Remy about the hair later in the trial.

Other agents testified that there was no evidence of blood on clothes from Jason Young's suitcase that was seized when he returned to Raleigh after learning about his wife's death.

His DNA, however, was on a piece of sheet rock that was taken from the bedroom and also on molding on his closet door frame, SBI analyst David Freeman said.

But Freeman added he had no way of knowing how long it had been there and that it’s not uncommon to find someone's DNA in his or her home.


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  • Clair Feb 22, 2012

    I'd like to know who they tested for the hair found in her hand and under her. It doesn't take a genius to know that the hair belongs to the person who did this. or helped do it.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Feb 17, 2012

    Everything points to him... all we don't have is a picture of him over her body.

  • solarflare40 Feb 16, 2012

    RE: "I bet if we looked in the past of most people in this country, we would find actions and behavior that most people would be ashamed of and want to hide."

    You're probably right, however, most peoples' spouses don't wind up murdered in a clear crime of passion.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 16, 2012

    I bet if we looked in the past of most people in this country, we would find actions and behavior that most people would be ashamed of and want to hide.

    The state is trying to say he's guilty of murder because of poor behavior when he was younger.

    Don't judge the man of today by the boy and younger man from the past.

    Having bad behavior in the past when you were younger does not prove you recently committed murder.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 16, 2012

    "I wonder do people STILL think Jy is innocent after hearing from his ex. fiancee? He was abusive to her, and apparently a college jock with "fans". Of course MY wouldn't come out and tell people her husband was beating her, because he probably threatened her and groups of people that loved him.. I have no respect for JY and needs life without parole. - Truth Hurt"

    Being a poor husband doesn't make him guilty of killing his wife.

    When are they going to present evidence linking him to the murder.

    As of this point, they haven't proved he left the hotel room between 11 pm and 7 am.

    They have the rock in the door and an unplugged video camera, but they have no proof he actually left the hotel.

    They also have a questionable brain damaged witness with memory issues claiming she saw him. I bet if you showed her pictures of everybody who was in her store during an 8 hour shift, she couldn't identify any of them after the fact.

    Also, her testimony this time seems more rehearsed.

  • anti-Hans Feb 16, 2012

    Just because JY beat previous gf's and was abusive does not prove he is still abusive. He could have changed his ways and his personality. After all, just because he beat former gf's he never killed any of them so therefore he could not have done this.

  • itsmyownopinion Feb 16, 2012

    ++++Testimony of his former fiance, Genevieve Jacobs Cargol, who is now married and lives in Austin, Texas, indicates JY is a really bad boy.

    I think we all know that JY was not a "perfect" person....BUT none of this points to him as being a killer either....just saying....

    I am not following this trial as closely as many of you; I just pop in and read the stories and a few comments. I have not
    watched any of the testimony, just happened to notice the tweets and that was the first time I noticed anyone outside of MY family and friends commenting on JY behavior. Please notice that I have and still do give JY the presumption of innocence, even offering that I've experienced dropped phone calls in his
    area of travel. I don't have a dog in this fight. The first prayer I prayed this morning was for all involved and that if he is innocent he be found innocent and if he is guilty that he will be found guilty. As the mother of a daughter I have a heart for MY mother.

  • forautumn Feb 16, 2012

    "....I have "seen a lot which goes on in WAKE COUNTY""

    Maybe you need to stay out of the legal system, then.

  • fromageball Feb 16, 2012

    "BUT, when you look at every single piece of circumstantial evidence all combined together, there is tremendous reasonable doubt that ANYONE else killed MY. Therefore...JY = GUILTY!"

    Agreed mostly, but in this case they have to prove that Jason left his hotel room to drive down to Raleigh and murder his wife. So far the evidence puts JY at the hotel until the next morning when he picks up his receipt, which would mean he wasn't in Raleigh.

  • forautumn Feb 16, 2012

    "I am still waiting on the "smoking gun" to be presented"

    of course you are..and when/if it is, you won't believe it anyway...