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Jurors: Lacking physical evidence pointed to Jason Young's guilt

Posted March 6, 2012

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— Jurors in Jason Young's second murder trial in Wake County said Tuesday that the lack of physical evidence in the case pointed to the defendant's guilt rather than his innocence.

On Monday, eight women and four men found Young, 37, guilty of first-degree murder in the brutal beating death of his wife, Michelle Marie Fisher Young. He is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Michelle Young, 29, who was pregnant with the couple's second child, was found face-down in a pool of blood in the bedroom of the Youngs' Raleigh home on Nov. 3, 2006. The couple's 2-year-old daughter, Cassidy, was found unharmed in her parents' bed.

Jason Young said he was in Virginia on a business trip when his wife was killed and that he had nothing to do with her death, but three jurors who spoke with WRAL News Tuesday said his story contained too many coincidences to be believed.

"While we were deliberating, we started naming all of these coincidences," said juror Anthony Fuller. "It was like, 'How do you just have so many coincidences?'"

Two key pieces of the puzzle helped the jury make its decision, said jury forewoman Tracey Raksnis: The clothes and shoes Jason Young was seen wearing on surveillance video the night of his wife's murder were never found and, though Cassidy Young left bloody footprints around her mother's body and throughout the house, the toddler's feet and pajamas were clean by the time Michelle Young's sister discovered her body.

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"She was cleaned up. I don't see anybody else (but Jason Young) doing that," Raksnis said. "If this was just a robbery, I don't think you pay that kind of attention."

Juror Melissa Axline agreed, asking why a stranger would take the time to clean a child.

"I am 150 percent, absolutely positive that Jason Young did it. Michelle Young had no enemies," Axline said.

She said she, like most of the other jurors, was undecided when deliberations started last week, but careful consideration of the evidence led her to one conclusion.

"It all goes back to one person and that's Jason," she said.

Though the jurors said they are confident in their verdict, spending a month in the jury box listening to the gruesome details of Michelle Young's murder was difficult and draining.

"It was really hard," Fuller said. "I had to come home and hug my children, hug these boys. They had to help me get through some of that."

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Jason Young, on the other hand, showed little emotion in the courtroom as witnesses testified about the couple's troubled marriage, Jason Young's infidelity and Cassidy Young's reenactment of the murder at daycare using toy dolls.

Despite the sometimes haunting testimony, Raksnis said the jury was committed to remaining "very unbiased and emotionally detached."

Fuller agreed.

"I can't convict him for being a jerk. I can't convict him for being immature," he said.

He said the jury had to made its decision based on the facts and, when he saw Michelle Young's family react tearfully to the verdict, he knew they had done the right thing.

"I felt bad for them," he said. "(Michelle Young) was a beautiful person. She really was."


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  • jazzdazz Mar 9, 2012

    Coincidences decided this case? Now on to the facts 1)He was seen on camera at the hotel right at midnight or a few seconds before and then again at 6:23am. That means he would have had 6 hours and 23 minutes to drive back to Raleigh, commit a horrible bloody messy murder, clean up his child, and make it back in time to the hotel to get ready for his business meeting the next morning?? hmmm..that would be quite a feat especially with leaving no evidence behind. 2) Has anyone asked him for ANY shoes he was wearing that night? Did he provide them with the shoes and did they look like the shoes in the camera at restaurant in Greensboro (CB)? If he could supply any shoes or he did and they absolutely looked nothing like the shoes in the video, then that might be suspicious. 3) Did they ask the doorman slipping the tickets underneath the hotel doors if his door was open that early morning (can't remember w/o going back through all the testimony) 3) The hair - did it belong to MY? It didn't

  • movetomaui Mar 8, 2012

    +++++Yes I do know Meredith was NOT involved... because I have a brain and I use it. movetomaui

    OH...and I guess you also use your crystal ball too??????????- dollibug++++

    Don't need a crystal ball when you have common sense.

  • movetomaui Mar 8, 2012


    You should know a lot about this murder....so I have to ask...are you kin to MY or perhaps someone in her family? - dollibug**

    What an idiotic question. "I don't agree with you so you MUST be related JY." Such ignorance! You're the one defending him like you're his mother!

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Mar 8, 2012

    dollibug, maybe movetomaui should ask you are you kin to JY you are defending him so heavily.

  • dollibug Mar 8, 2012


    You should know a lot about this murder....so I have to ask...are you kin to MY or perhaps someone in her family?

  • dollibug Mar 8, 2012

    I find it quite interesting that while the jury was deciding the fate of JY....a lot of us indicated the lack of evidence...or proof that JY was indeed guilty....and then the title of this article is lacking physical evidence pointed to Jason Young's guilt....so someone no doubt thought that JY had to PROVE HIS INNOCENCE....interesting how things can pan out to not exactly what one might have thought it would have been...

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Mar 8, 2012

    +++dollibug - You DO NOT KNOW this....you are only guessing....like anyone else...UNLESS YOU WERE THERE....were you??????????

    And you also do not know that he is not guilty although you are always there defending the people who are being prosecuted.

  • movetomaui Mar 8, 2012

    **It's ok to be wrong. movetomaui

    Whatever helps you sleep at night maui... - chill out**

    I sleep great at night AND I know the difference between physical and circumstantial evidence.

  • movetomaui Mar 8, 2012

    ++++**And your evidence against Meredith is.....

    It's a shame they never investigated her... - goldbug** -------------------------------------------------------

    They didn't investigate her because she was NOT involved. Jason was the killer. movetomaui

    You DO NOT KNOW this....you are only guessing....like anyone else...UNLESS YOU WERE THERE....were you?????????? - dollibug**

    Yes I do know Meredith was NOT involved... because I have a brain and I use it.

  • dollibug Mar 8, 2012


    I wonder sometimes, reading/posting here, if the objective has been lost. Sure, it's about the system to some extent; I respect that. But ultimately, it's about the murder of a beautiful, loving pregnant mother, and finding justice for her. I believe that happened. Whether or not some of you agree...I can't change that. Michelle Fisher Young was brutally murdered. She didn't deserve that.

    So fight your battles and state your opinions. But please, don't lose sight of that. Or we're all at risk.

    Good night.
    March 7, 2012 7:35 p.m.

    Acutally Catriona.....it is all about JUSTICE and making sure that the right person is punished......