Michelle Young

Michelle Young's mom talked to her about divorce

Posted June 17, 2011

— The marriage of Jason Young and his wife had become so riddled with arguments by October 2006 and Michelle Young had become so sad that her mother had confronted her about divorcing her husband.

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"She was defeated. She had so much to offer," Linda Fisher testified Friday in Jason Young's first-degree murder trial. "She loved life, and he just took it away from her."

Michelle Young, 29, was five months’ pregnant when she was found beaten to death in her Wake County home on Nov. 3, 2006.

Jason Young has said he was out of town at the time and has denied any involvement in his wife’s death, but prosecutors say he killed his wife because he no longer wanted to be married and wanted to live life on his own terms.

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Fisher, a retired New York school teacher who was emotional at times on the witness stand, said her oldest daughter had dreamed of the perfect marriage – a nice husband, two kids and a white picket fence – but that there was always arguing and that Jason Young belittled and mocked his wife.

"It felt like there was no sweetness between the two of them," she said.

It was to the point, Fisher said, that her daughter seemed almost as if she had nothing else to live for.

"She deserved to be happy, and she was not. There was a void in her, and I hated seeing her like that," she said. "You want them to try to work on it and make it better, but they had gone on for three years, and they were not headed in the right direction."

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Witnesses have testified that the couple often fought about Fisher and the relationship she had with her daughter. Fisher's relationship was described as "tense at best" with Jason Young, they have said.

Michelle Young had been planning to cut back on her hours at work and at one point had a plan for Fisher to move into her home to help care for the Cassidy, then 2, and the new baby. But Jason Young, witnesses have said, was opposed to the idea.

Fisher said Friday that she wasn't aware until recently the extent that she and her visits to Raleigh from New York were a source of problems in her daughter's marriage until recently.

Another issue in the marriage, Fisher said, was a lack of sex.

Recalling a conversation with Jason Young's mother, Fisher said that Pat Young knew about that issue but that her son never told her anything about the arguing.

"She just said to me (that) only Jason tells her (Michelle) doesn't want to have sex with him," Fisher said. "I told her, 'Would you want to have sex with someone that treats you the way he treats her?'"

"Michelle said he didn't make love to her," Fisher added. "He was rather perverted in his behavior."

The tension between Fisher and her former son-in-law continued after Michelle Young's death.

He never returned Fisher's phone calls from Nov. 3, 2006, she said, and when they saw each other that night, she recalled there being "cold air."

"There was no hugging, no 'Oh my goodness, I'm sorry,'" Fisher said. "There was no crying. It appeared to me, when I looked at him – his head was down, and he looked like a 5-year-old boy."

The two did talk briefly, she said.

"I tried to talk to him, and he told me that 'My lawyer told me I can't talk to anyone, not even you,'" Fisher said. "And 'I'm going to take a hit on the house.' Those are the two things he said to me. Period."

After the funeral, Fisher added, he left Raleigh with Cassidy and made it difficult for her to see her granddaughter on a few occasions over the next couple of years.

She was given an ultimatum at one point, she said.

"What we needed to do was stand behind Jason, and if we didn't stand behind him, they were going to cut off all visits with Cassidy," Fisher said.

Eventually, Jason Young handed over primary custody of his daughter to his wife's sister in Fuquay-Varina, but the move shocked Fisher, she said.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled that Cassidy's part of our life," she said. "But how does one give up (his) own child?"

Defense attorneys contend that Jason Young was not a good husband – he cheated on his wife and was obnoxious and childish – but that does not mean that he killed his wife.

There was no forensic evidence, not even a drop of blood, linking their client to the crime, defense attorneys said, and there were two sets of adult footprints – a size 10 and a size 12 – near Michelle Young's body.

But prosecutors, who are nearing the end of their case, say Jason Young checked into a hotel in Hillsville, Va., on the night of Nov. 2, 2006, and then returned to Raleigh, killed his wife and drove back to Virginia.

Also Friday, Beth Whitney, a computer forensics examiner with the City-County Bureau of Identification, said Friday that she found searches on his home computer for the terms "anatomy of a knockout," "head trauma blackout," "head blow knockout" and "head trauma."

Jason Fitzgerald, a friend of both Jason and Michelle Young, also testified Friday, saying that Jason Young, said "he was done" after an argument with his wife less than a month before her death.

"He would describe it as just being up to his neck with the relationship and – I paraphrase obviously – being done, being not willing to deal with (the marriage) any more," Fitzgerald said.


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  • tanyahelms Jun 21, 2011

    Off the topic..He is very feminine? Anyone else think this and wonder what the woman saw in him? Such a sad story a girl and baby lost life and young girl lost mom and now dad too.

  • tjgh3 Jun 20, 2011

    with all the inconsistencies from Meredith Fisher, I wonder why she wasn't charged as a co-conspirator. There is no way Young did it after he checked into the hotel. He would have been caught on security video coming back into the hotel at 6 am. No way the kid cleaned herself up without help.

  • fromageball Jun 20, 2011

    "Motive and Evidence are very different"dollibug

    You could probably find a "motive" for any suspect who is the spouse/friend/roommate/whatever of the victim.

  • dollibug Jun 20, 2011

    +++"There is TONS of evidence he killed his wife - what trial are you watching???? - drakula_ig_r"

    I think the word EVIDENCE is the key here....and I do NOT think it had multiple definitions.....some people seem to have another meaning for it though.....I agree with DontLikeTheSocialistObama...."based on the lies, innuendo, rumor and hearsay, there is a lot of motive but no evidence...
    Motive and Evidence are very different....I hope that those of you who might have a problem with these 2 words.....please look them up....and I bet then, maybe...just maybe...you might "get it"...I also think that the prosecutors have some "issues" with knowing the different also....

  • rhhrsc Jun 20, 2011

    So far, I do not understand why this witness is the last....is there something about his testimony that is suppose to stick with the jury? This one seems better for the defense

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Jun 20, 2011

    Another Brad Cooper media frenzy. WRAL's coverage of murder trials puts them in the same arena as Jerry Springer. We don't need daily updates on the trial - let us know when he's sentenced.

  • m24s Jun 20, 2011

    Based on the lies, innuendo, rumor, and hearsay, there is a lot of motive but no evidence. Motive and Evidence are very different.
    June 17, 2011 7:39 p.m.
    Ignore Report abuse

    What lies???

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 17, 2011

    "The evidence I cannot get past is: JY checked into the hotel and used his keycard to enter his hotel room. One hour later he is on videotape in the lobby, YET his keycard is never used again to enter his hotel room until the maid uses it the next morning. A camera is unplugged and a hotel exit door is propped open by a rock the very same night. Too coincidental for me. And as a woman, I do believe that BC is innocent. - tarheel86"

    This brings up an interesting question about security at the hotel.

    Why doesn't the records show Brad reentering his hotel room after the 6 hour round trip from Raleigh to Danville to kill his wife.

    Seems they may be not reporting all activity.

    Concerning the hotel, I travel a lot. I see 1st floor hotel room windows that aren't locked, security doors not closed, people coat tailing through external security doors instead of scanning themselves, etc...

    With the hotel, you have a lot of coincidence but not evidence that JY killed his wife.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 17, 2011

    "There is TONS of evidence he killed his wife - what trial are you watching???? - drakula_ig_r"

    Based on the lies, innuendo, rumor, and hearsay, there is a lot of motive but no evidence. Motive and Evidence are very different.

  • jody4663 Jun 17, 2011

    There is no evidence that JY killed MY. Only rumors, lies, innuendo, and hearsay.


    What trial are you watching or do you have a perverted mind?