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State pokes holes in Jason Young's testimony

Posted February 22, 2012

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— An investigator testifying in the retrial of Jason Young on Wednesday went after parts of Young's testimony in an effort to prove that he killed his pregnant wife, Michelle Young, on Nov. 3, 2006.

 Jason Young retrial (Day 13)

Jurors heard more than three hours of Jason Young's June 22, 2011, account of his marital issues, life with his wife and where he was at the time that prosecutors say he beat her to death and left their 2-year-old daughter alone in the home for hours.

The 37-year-old originally went to trial last June, but a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict. A judge declared a mistrial, and prosecutors are aiming for a second time to win a conviction.

Defense attorneys have said there's no physical evidence linking him to the killing and that he could not have committed the crime in the time frame that the state says he did.

But prosecutors say the Youngs' relationship was riddled with arguments, communication issues and infidelity and that Jason Young felt he had been pressured into marriage and didn't want to be married any longer.

He testified that he was out of town on business and asleep at a Hampton Inn in Hillsville, Va., when his wife was killed. He awoke the next day and continued on his trip to Clintwood, Va.

But Sgt. Richard Spivey of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the lead investigator in the case, testified that parts of Jason Young's testimony didn't seem to make sense to detectives.

Michelle Young State pokes holes in Jason Young's testimony

Jason Young said he was outside the hotel smoking a cigar after he was recorded on security video shortly before midnight on Nov. 2, 2006.

It was 34 degrees and wind speeds were about 21 mph, with wind gusts up to 30 mph, Spivey said. Jason Young didn't have a coat or any other outerwear, and the wind would have been blowing directly at him in the spot where he testified he had been standing.

The next morning, Jason Young said, he had a continental breakfast in the hotel lobby, but he never appeared on the hotel security video of the breakfast area, Spivey said.

Investigators were never able to find what appeared to be a dark blue shirt that Jason Young had been wearing in hotel security video. The shirt, Spivey said, was different than one Young was wearing in a March 2007 photo, which defense attorneys suggested in the first trial was the shirt.

 Young Trial recap: Day 13

Prosecutors said they believe that, about an hour after he checked into the hotel, Jason Young unplugged a security camera in a stairwell and propped open an emergency exit using a rock so that he could get back inside without being detected.

He drove 169 miles back to Raleigh, killed his wife and returned to Hillsville, stopping along the way to get gasoline – about 45 minutes away from the hotel.

By the time he returned sometime after 6 a.m., hotel employees had kicked the rock from the door and reconnected the camera. A side door next to the emergency exit – locked from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. – had been unlocked.

On Spivey's cross-examination, defense attorneys said Jason Young wasn't familiar with the hotel's layout or security camera system and was never videotaped looking at the cameras or security monitors at the front desk.

Jason Young testified that he never spoke about the case to anyone, including investigators, on the advice of his attorney. When asked by his attorney how his life had been affected by his wife's death, Jason Young said that he "lost everything" – family, friends and jobs.

Prosecutor Howard Cummings pointed out Wednesday that Jason Young never mentioned his wife in that response.

The state also contends that he gave up custody of his daughter, Cassidy, to his sister-in-law to avoid answering questions under oath about his wife's death.

Jason Young testified that he couldn't "financially fight" a battle with his in-laws.

Spivey, however, said that Jason Young had access to more than $70,000 in equity loans and retirement savings and that he gave his mother and sister each checks for $6,000 during the time of the dispute.

In regard to the last time he spoke to his wife, Jason Young testified that he couldn't remember what they had talked about. Cummings and Spivey noted that the couple's phone conversation on the night of Nov. 2, 2006, lasted less than five minutes.

But he talked on the phone several times and much longer to a woman with whom he was having an extramarital relationship.

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  • m121755 Feb 28, 2012

    This case is reminding me way too much of the Casey Anthony case, no clear proof but tons of evidence.I am afraid that someone is once again getting away with murder!!! Soon it will be over and JY will most likely go free, just like casey anthony, no one still looking for the truth and no one pays for the crime,,, what a sad sad injustice to those that were killed.

  • foghat001 Feb 23, 2012

    Did they convict his guilty tuckus yet?

  • dollibug Feb 23, 2012

    ++++PS Dollibug: Kitticatss said she didn't want to hear from those who have already made up their mind about JY's guilt or innocence. Since you have made it clear that you believe that all accused murderers are being railroaded if they are charged with murder, you probably she not have responded to kitticatss question.
    solarflare40

    FYI....I am still very open....as the trial is NOT OVER....I am still waiting and looking for the "SMOKING GUN"....perhaps the state is waiting to "SURPRISE EVERYONE"....I have not given up hope that there is none....as for "fair and just"....these 2 words are no longer present in the JUDICIAL SYSTEM....but IT IS WHAT IT IS....and until the LAWMAKERS CHANGE THIS...there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that anyone can do about this....

  • dogwonder Feb 23, 2012

    ". What new testimony has been given thus far in this trial that was not introduced in the first trial? -kitticatss

    ---
    Some new testimony includes: The hushpuppy executive admitting to yet a 4th model of hushpuppies that share the same sole part (shoe print) identified from the scene. The 1st trial , the number was 3 models.
    #2 : CCBI or SBI guy pointed out that the shoe prints on carpet measured to match the size 10 shoe print from the pillow.
    #3 : Daycare worker demonstrating a doll fight between 2 dolls (and a chair) that she alledgedly watched Cassidy perform ( in class) shortly after the homicide.

  • cyndistevenson Feb 23, 2012

    OMG @dollibug is impartially answering @kitticats question about the trial???

    She specifically asked for a "non-biased" opinion!!!!

    Read next time.

  • solarflare40 Feb 23, 2012

    RE: there have been "no prints" which could put JY at the crime scene when MY was killed.... dollibug"

    Except for blood shoe prints from the exact size and brand shoe the state proved JY purchased. Oh yea, and all of his finger prints and DNA all over the room that you would expect because he lived there. I wonder why JY would have chosen to kill his wife in his own house where every one would expect to find his prints and DNA. Hmmmmmmmmm. Let me think about that for a bit.

    PS Dollibug: Kitticatss said she didn't want to hear from those who have already made up their mind about JY's guilt or innocence. Since you have made it clear that you believe that all accused murderers are being railroaded if they are charged with murder, you probably she not have responded to kitticatss question.

  • dollibug Feb 23, 2012

    ++++"A question for those of you who are well educated on the first trial as well as this trial. And PLEASE not to those of you who have already made your mind up as far as JY's innocence or guilt. I would really appreciate a non-biased reply. What new testimony has been given thus far in this trial that was not introduced in the first trial? My reason for the question is...Does this trial appear to be heading towards another hung jury? Thanks for answering! - kitticatss"

    No one knows for sure....it would be a coin toss....but I will say that I have not seen/heard anything CUT AND DRIED....except the Prosecution indicating there have been "no prints" which could put JY at the crime scene when MY was killed....

  • dollibug Feb 23, 2012

    ++++The random acts of a two year old aren't admissible in court because children's answers are random and unpredictable. DontLikeTheSocialistObama

    There seem to be a lot of people who do NOT think this is true...(perhaps these people do NOT have children or grandchildren or have been around children to know just how children can act/speak/do things...

  • hynoats Feb 23, 2012

    --WOW I missed that! I thought it was only 1 million! 4 million would be a pretty huge motivator for someone who didn't want to be married. movetomaui---

    I missed the 4 million dollar life insurance policy thing too. That's pretty huge motivation to kill someone you don't want to be with any longer.

  • hynoats Feb 23, 2012

    --If the jury heard the same 911 tape I did, they should have clearly heard Cassidy saying that. Was the 911 tape NOT played in court? The proof is in the tape!
    Truth Hurt-----

    I personally have no clue what the outcome will be, nor do I care (unless he really is guilty which is very likely) what the outcome will be. However, I too heard Cassidy say "daddy did it" on the 911 call tape.

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