Michelle Young

Raleigh man to be arraigned in wife's 2006 beating death

Posted May 18, 2011
Updated May 19, 2011

— A Raleigh man set to go on trial next month in the beating death of his pregnant wife more than four years ago is expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in a Wake County courtroom.

Jason Lynn Young, 37, was arrested in December 2009 on a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of Michelle Young, 29, who was five months' pregnant when she was beaten inside the couple's Wake County home on Nov. 3, 2006.

According to search warrants, Jason Young told investigators he was out of town on business when his wife was killed.

Jury selection is expected to begin the week of May 30. Prosecutors have indicated that they will not seek the death penalty.

On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens is also expected to hear a motion from defense attorneys to suppress testimony from a convenience store clerk who says she sold Jason Young gasoline in King, N.C. – approximately 120 miles from Raleigh – on the morning his wife was killed.

Jason Young has said he was sleeping in a hotel room in Hillsville, Va., about 45 miles away, at the time, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Becky Holt said in a pre-trial hearing last month.

Investigators haven't offered a motive for the killing, but in search warrants, they have described the couple's marriage as a "volatile" relationship that included violent arguments and infidelity on his part.

In 2009, a judge awarded Michelle Young's family $15.5 million in damages in a wrongful death suit against Jason Young after he failed to respond to the suit.

Michelle Young's sister, Meredith Fisher, has primary custody of the Youngs' daughter, Cassidy, who was 2 years old when she was found in the same room with her mother's body.


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  • Alexia.1 May 19, 2011

    "Q:Why not just divorce her? A:So he won't have to pay alimony.

    More to the point, when are we going to stop teaching our daughters (NOT our "little girls") that gittin' you a may-un is the most important thing in their lives, and that any may-un is better than staying unmarried?" --storchheim

    Better question is when are we going to change the absolutely insane laws that force people to have to give up a large portion of their salaries going forward? Alimony should never be awarded.

    I think it's important to support your children financially, but the rules are broken. Say a man earns $100K and a woman earns $50K and the woman wants the kids and wins custody. The man would have to pay over $900/mo. That equates to perhaps $1100 gross income. For what? Children do not need so much. Perhaps base support on real costs of food, clothes, and day care. It would be less at 12 than 3 years old.

    Until laws change, this will happen.

  • Alexia.1 May 19, 2011

    "One big difference...she is dead. And finally, her murderer is in jail." --forautumn

    The problem with that statement is that there is quite literally no evidence that the murderer is in jail. The majority of those polled following the trial believe there was insufficient evidence to convict BC.

    The one damaging piece of evidence was that he did a google search of his zip code and there were images of the place NC was dumped. Sounds bad, but then the police say they think he killed her out of pent up anger. In other words, they do not know. They just wanted to jail somebody.

  • ifcdirector May 19, 2011

    Keep voting for a democrat DA if you want a prosecutor who will continue to shelve the death penalty.

  • forautumn May 19, 2011

    " think you get the picture"

    yeah, I get the way you see things....the victim in BC case was BC, not the person killed using your measurement of class.

    You see all her "faults", yet none of his.

    One big difference...she is dead. And finally, her murderer is in jail.

  • Lead by Example May 19, 2011

    I'm hoping that the only reason that the death penalty is not being sought is b/c the family (i.e. guardians of the child) is opposed; as is often the case in these types of domestic murders.

    Let's hope the jury CONVICTS him of First Degree Murder so he'll get LIFE W/O PAROLE.

  • jody4663 May 19, 2011

    Live feed of arraignment on wral now.

  • carolinarox May 19, 2011

    "Jason Young has said he was sleeping in a hotel room in Hillsville, Va., about 45 miles away, at the time, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Becky Holt said in a pre-trial hearing last month" HardTimes

    Hillsville, VA and King, NC are about 45 miles apart is what the article refers to.

  • thescarletpimpernel May 19, 2011

    Anyone else know who the other DAs are for Prosecution?

    I do believe the evidence is far too compelling against Jason in this case.

  • kinda4 May 19, 2011

    This case reminds me more of the Neil Entwistle case than BC case. Only, Neil killed both wife and baby but claimed he was out of country when they were murdered. The difference, Jason allegedly killed Michelle and left his child to see her body and roam around the home alone. BC dumped Nancy's body elsewhere so his children didn't see her deceased body (that we know of).

  • eccgc May 19, 2011

    Topsail Girl, I'm sure you're right and I can understand why they wouldn't want the death penalty. To this day, this has to be so horrible for Michelle's family. You were fortunate to have known her if only for a short while.