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Jury begins deliberations in Jason Young retrial

Posted March 2, 2012

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— A Wake County jury started Friday deliberating in the retrial of Jason Young, who is accused of first-degree murder in the November 2006 beating death of his wife, Michelle Young.

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The eight women and four men received the case around 10:15 a.m. and spent more than five hours behind closed doors before heading home for the day. They will resume 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Jason Young, 37, was arrested in December 2009 and went to trial last summer, but it ended in a mistrial after more than 12 hours of deliberation in which the jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of acquittal.

Jurors in his retrial are considering three possible verdicts: guilty of first-degree murder, guilty of second-degree murder and not guilty. If convicted of first-degree murder, Jason Young faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. A second-degree murder conviction could mean up to 25 years in prison.

A guilty verdict on the second-degree murder charge was not an option in the first trial.

Jason Young has said that he was in Virginia on business at the time, but prosecutors say he returned home to Raleigh in the early hours of Nov. 3, 2006, and committed the crime before returning to Virginia to continue on with his trip.

Michelle Young's sister discovered the body more than nine hours later, as well as the Youngs' 2-year-old daughter, Cassidy, unharmed and hiding under the covers of her parents' bed.

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  • MsFox Mar 5, 2012

    The power of reason has triumphed over ignorance and finger pointing. Justice has prevailed.

    REASON and COMMON SENSE prevails. I hope this proves there will never again be a Calee Marie or a Michelle Young again.

  • believerofjustice Mar 5, 2012

    justice has been served

  • NcNativeRaleigh Mar 5, 2012

    May his ugly mug have the courage to fly with a bed sheet around it.

  • jmcintee Mar 5, 2012

    The power of reason has triumphed over ignorance and finger pointing. Justice has prevailed.

  • Catriona Mar 5, 2012

    Justice at last for Michelle and Rylan.

  • lynne0312 Mar 5, 2012

    Another innocent man railroaded by Wake Co prosecutors. I'm sure they are very proud of themselves.

  • usemailinator Mar 5, 2012

    I haven't heard any evidence that he was guilty of murder. Sure, he was a cheating husband who screwed around on his wife, he had a temper, but that isn't murder. He was convicted because they argued a lot and he was a cheat. Get it together, NC juries. Extramarital affairs don't equate murder.

  • MsFox Mar 5, 2012

    March 2, 2012 7:26 p.m

  • MsFox Mar 5, 2012

    Well check back to Friday evening post. Says it all!

  • rjtyler249 Mar 5, 2012

    I rest my case....

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