Michelle Young

Emails highlight problems in Young marriage

Posted June 17, 2011
Updated June 18, 2011

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— Emails entered into evidence this week in the trial of a Raleigh man accused of beating his pregnant wife to death nearly five years ago substantiated the problems in the couple's marriage that witnesses have described over the past two weeks.

Jason Young, 37, is accused of first-degree murder in the Nov. 3, 2006, death of his wife, Michelle Young, 29. She was five months’ pregnant with their second child when she was found in a pool of blood the bedroom of the couple's home.

Jason Young has said he was out of town at the time and has denied any involvement in his wife’s death.

Despite living in the same house, the couple found email was an easier way to communicate, according to witnesses.

Linda Fisher Michelle Young's mom talked to her about divorce

The three emails, which jurors saw Friday, appear to support Wake County Assistant District Attorney Becky Holt's claims in opening statements that Jason Young didn't want to be married and that he killed his wife so that he could "live life on his own terms."

In an Oct. 24, 2006, email exchange recovered from the Youngs' family computer, Jason Young wrote:

"I enjoy my freedom and being independent and I feel like when I go through the process of 'clearing' something with you (which we USED to fight about me not 'clearing' stuff and just doing at the drop of a hat …), I should be able to follow through with it and make a decision for myself."

Several witnesses, including Michelle Young's mother Linda Fisher, have testified that the couple frequently argued and that it appeared they had more bad days in their marriage than they did good days.

The same email exchange refers to the communication problems in their marriage.

"I do wish we could talk like this in person. Our communication is one of the things that I hope you and I can really improve upon in counseling together …" Michelle Young wrote.

Witnesses have testified that the Youngs disagreed about Fisher's visits to the Young home and the frequency of sex in the marriage.

On Fisher's visit, Jason Young writes that he doesn't want his mother-in-law staying very long with them, calling her previous visits "extreme," and he proposes a "cap" of four days and three nights her visits.

About their sexual issues, he wrote:

"I am not opposed to going to a counselor, but I am standing by what we agreed upon and that is for YOU to go figure out the sexual issues of your past and for you to discuss your parents[sic] divorce and relationship issues first. I don't think you will ever take the initiative any other way. After that, if we still need to see a counselor for you and I, then fine."

Another email, dated Sept. 12, 2006, is a message that Jason Young sent to his former fiancée, who testified Thursday.

Genevieve Cargol said that Jason Young attacked her in 1999 during an argument and that he tried to remove her engagement ring from her finger, leaving her with a cut on her hand and bruises on her arms and rib cage.

She testified that she never received the email, which had been sent to an email account she no longer used.

In that message, Jason Young wrote:

"I wish we could have dated and grown in maturity a few more years together, but it simply wasn't meant to be. Timing is almost as important as love and feelings, it just doesn't withstand eternity … which unfortunately for me, is what I have to live with now."

He continued:

"I will always love you even though I know we will never be together … I don't want to have sleepless nights and I don't want you to be full of 'woulda coulda shoulda's' … it's not always that fun. I have rambled far too much already. I have got so much I want to say, but it would just come out as an incoherent mess, so I will leave it at this; I love you Genevieve Ann Jacobs Cargol. I know that it inappropriate for a married man to be saying to a married woman, but I do. I always have and I always will."

Jason Young's defense attorneys say that their client wasn't a good husband but that he did not kill his wife. They are expected to begin presenting evidence in their case next week.

After calling 36 witnesses over the past two weeks, the state expects to call its final witness, the lead investigator in the case, Monday morning.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Jason Young faces life in prison.

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  • dollibug Jun 20, 2011

    Cell Phone calls or for that matter...any type of calls and excuses...is NOT EVIDENCE of MURDER....be nervous is NOT EVIDENCE of MURDER...lying is not EVIDENCE of MURDER....again....I think there are some people in this country who are actually clueless as to what EVIDENCE really means...

  • dollibug Jun 20, 2011

    ++++dollibug: But it isn't just the cash receipt. It's it plus other evidence showing he wasn't at that motel as he said he was and goes toward means and opportunity. I'd like to know why someone who consistently texted and made calls had no call activity (and had his phone off because no pings were made on it ) after the 11:59 PM time he was seen in lobby with 2 bottles of water in his hands (and wearing different clothes) on 2nd until 7:40 AM on 3rd. The person from the hospital meeting he made on 3rd said he was nervous, (the leg was shaking) and also said he gave excuse he had no cell service to call and got lost trying to find hospital. ( that skimpy excuse doesn't explain his nervousness as he waited on his interview to me) Besides, look at how many calls he made to his mom's phone that day. No cell service doesn't cut ice to me.

    And the evidence is actually which part?

  • tigresspen Jun 20, 2011

    dollibug: But it isn't just the cash receipt. It's it plus other evidence showing he wasn't at that motel as he said he was and goes toward means and opportunity. I'd like to know why someone who consistently texted and made calls had no call activity (and had his phone off because no pings were made on it ) after the 11:59 PM time he was seen in lobby with 2 bottles of water in his hands (and wearing different clothes) on 2nd until 7:40 AM on 3rd. The person from the hospital meeting he made on 3rd said he was nervous, (the leg was shaking) and also said he gave excuse he had no cell service to call and got lost trying to find hospital. ( that skimpy excuse doesn't explain his nervousness as he waited on his interview to me) Besides, look at how many calls he made to his mom's phone that day. No cell service doesn't cut ice to me.

  • dollibug Jun 20, 2011

    A cash receipt shows no ownership.....it could belong to anyone...or actually no one...and for those of you who have worked in a store...you should know this....I have and I do...know that a cash receipt means nothing....

  • jody4663 Jun 20, 2011

    New headline!

  • jody4663 Jun 20, 2011

    If a cash receipt is proof of MURDER....the entire country is DOOMED....
    dollibug

    dollibug, doesn't necessarily prove him of murder, just a little piece of the puzzle and certainly shows him to be a liar and that he was not asleep at the Hampton Inn.

  • dollibug Jun 20, 2011

    ++++Try as he may, this defense attorney is not going to be able to refute this cash gas purchase at 5:27a. This cash receipt backs up Dahm's(sp?) testimony.
    jody4663

    If a cash receipt is proof of MURDER....the entire country is DOOMED....

  • tigresspen Jun 20, 2011

    Yeah, I look for a new headline too. Which is a good thing. A summation of today's evidence heard I imagine. I loved how Spivey kept length time wise of how long it took to drive to teh motel and to that Four Brothers station.

    Camera will likely go black if any of the exhibits jurors are to review means they have to leave jury box.. If so, it'll be a while before camera goes back live.

  • jody4663 Jun 20, 2011

    We will probably be getting new headline with a few minutes.

  • jody4663 Jun 20, 2011

    Good summation tigresspen. Had I been Meredith, my head would have been spinning. I don't see how anyone in their right mind could question Meredith's behavior after find her sister the way she did. I believe the state is getting ready to rest and I think they've proved he is guilty.

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