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Jason Young's testimony presented as evidence in retrial

Posted February 21, 2012

— Wake County prosecutors trying Jason Young for a second time in his pregnant wife's slaying have evidence this time around that they didn't the first – his account of his troubled marriage and what he says he was doing when Michelle Young was beaten to death inside their home.

Sgt. Richard Spivey Jason Young retrial (Day 12)

The 37-year-old never spoke to detectives in the five years between her Nov. 3, 2006, murder and his trial, but did testify in that trial last June – a move that appeared to take the state by surprise and a factor that legal experts say likely contributed to a deadlocked jury and a mistrial.

Since then, investigators have had nearly seven months to examine Jason Young's testimony, and they are now presenting it to jurors as evidence in his retrial.

A medical software salesman, Jason Young testified said that he was out of town on business when Michelle Young's sister found her facedown in a pool of blood and the couple's 2-year-old daughter beneath the covers of his bed.

Jason Young Jason Young June 22, 2011, testimony

Sgt. Richard Spivey, of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and lead detective on the case, spent the morning going through surveillance videos, receipts and phone records that laid out the prosecution’s timeline of Jason Young's activity immediately before and after the crime.

What's undisputed is that Jason Young left his home at 5108 Birchleaf Drive on the evening of Nov. 2, 2006, stopped for gasoline in Raleigh and had dinner at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Greensboro. He checked into a Hampton Inn in Hillsville, Va., 169 miles from his home, shortly before 11 p.m.

The next day, he continued his trip to western Virginia where he was about 30 minutes late for a sales meeting, and then drove to see his mother in Brevard, in southwestern North Carolina.

Prosecutors contend that, shortly after he checked in, Jason Young left the hotel through an emergency exit in the west-end stairwell that he left propped open and drove approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to his home and brutally beat his wife to death.

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A hotel employee testified to finding a rock propping the door and a security camera in the stairwell unplugged.

Spivey said security video showed a black screen from approximately 11:20 p.m. that day until around 5:50 a.m. the next day, when a hotel maintenance employee reconnected the camera.

Less than an hour later, at approximately 6:37 a.m., the same camera had been repositioned to point toward the ceiling.

After killing his wife, the state has said, Jason Young returned to Virginia, stopping along the way at Four Brothers Food Mart in King, N.C., where a store clerk said he cussed at her and paid $20 for gasoline but only purchased $15 worth.

Receipts at the store confirmed a $15 cash purchase for gasoline at 5:27 a.m. and a $20 cash purchase at 5:36 a.m., Spivey said.

 Jason Young's testimony is evidence in retrial

Jurors heard in Jason Young's recorded testimony that after he checked into the hotel, he left his room to retrieve his laptop charger from his Ford Explorer. On a second occasion, he said, he went downstairs to smoke a cigar. He propped the door open both times with a twig, he said, to keep the door from shutting.

He later returned to his room, brushed his teeth and went to bed. He never left the room until he checked out the next morning. He was late to his meeting, he said, because he got lost.

It's unclear whether Jason Young will take the stand again.

Defense attorneys contend that he did not kill his wife and that there is no physical evidence linking him to the crime. They also insist that he could not have committed the crime based on the state's timeline.

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


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  • jennycap Feb 23, 2012

    dowebb: you do not have to pay back any money taken out of an IRA - the penalty is NOT massive it is 20% (I just did it). So he would have lost about $12,000
    You call that being FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE?? HE WAS FIGHTING FOR HIS ONLY CHILD!! If he went bankrupt who cares?? If he wanted his ONLY child he would have gone into debt to get her...$60,000 in an IRA - is A LOT of money and it would have helped him get his little girl IF HE WANTED HER - however, he would have had to give a deposition of his actions that night....him giving "I had no $ " is a poor excuse - he had the $ he did not want to give the deposition. STRONG EVIDENCE...

  • dollibug Feb 23, 2012

    +++++I am not offended by anyone's posts. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion - mine is just the right one.

    You are mistaken......you can believe this though...all day long...

  • Furious Feb 22, 2012

    Whose DNA is on the jewelry box?

  • dowebb Feb 22, 2012

    I'll just say this about all these finacial records. I know aht Mr. Cummings is trying to say. "If he had all this money available, how can you say you couldn't finacially fight the custody battle." One little problem though Sherlock, equity lines, IRA's, 401k's all that stuff has to be PAID BACK, plus the IRS penalty's are MASSIVE for drawing on it. And I believe he said he had lost TWO jobs. This is the biggest excuse for evidence that I have ever seen. All it proves is that he was trying to be fincaially responsible and not go get a bunch of money that he couldn't pay back!! Pretty smart if you ask me! Just because you have money available doesn't mean you have money. Utterly ridiculous!!!

  • LambeauSouth Feb 22, 2012

    mine is just the right one.
    If you are as perfect as you claim to be, then why have you not moved to Maui> and P.S. Kaui is much better

  • superman Feb 22, 2012

    There was a $15 cash purchase and a $20 cash purchase. Did he buy gas twice. How unusual is it for people to buy $20 in gas? On a long trip #20 is not going to take you very far before you have to stop again. For someone who wants to keep a low profile I dont think I would be stopping at every gas station. Giving her twenty and only pumping fifteen doesnt really seem believable. My personal opinion is that he is guilty but I dont believe the gas clerk. Before I would vote guilty however, I want them to at least prove he was in town. They should never have retried this case. I think the DA has the same virus as the Durham DA.

  • dowebb Feb 22, 2012

    Is he seriously going through a line of questioning expecting to know which way the wind was blowing that night?? OMFG!!! They are getting more desparate by the minute!!

  • movetomaui Feb 22, 2012

    **Correct, but what they find through the execution of the warrant IS evidence. When are you going to understand that? move to maui

    It's evidence when it is admitted at court, Matlock.**


    Which it has been, Sherlock.

  • dowebb Feb 22, 2012

    Again, Mr Cummings is proving everything Jason testified to with these phone records. Jason said he talked on the phone the whole time that night, even specifically with a co-worker and Spivey is corroborating it. What are they thinking?? This is somehow eveidence?? Of what pray tell??

  • movetomaui Feb 22, 2012

    **You are offended at other peoples views, so you then offend them?**


    I am not offended by anyone's posts. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion - mine is just the right one.