Michelle Young

Prosecution rests in murder trial of Jason Young

Posted June 20, 2011

— The lead detective in the investigation of the homicide of Michelle Young spent the morning Monday testifying in her husband's murder trial as Wake County prosecutors wrapped up their case after nine days of testimony.

Sgt. Richard Spivey Full video: Day 9 trial testimony

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 on business at the time and has denied any involvement in his wife’s death.

Sgt. Richard Spivey spent the morning going through surveillance videos, receipts and phone records that laid out the prosecution’s timeline of Jason Young's activity immediately before and after his wife's death.

Jason Young checked into a Hampton Inn in Hillsville, Va., about 169 miles from his home at 5108 Birchleaf Drive, shortly before 11 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2006, after stopping for gasoline in Raleigh and dinner at a Cracker Barrel restaurant, Spivey said.

Jason Young Mom's testimony in murder trial brings smile to Jason Young

He was wearing a light-colored sweater, long pants and a pair of brown slip-on casual shoes, based on surveillance video, when he checked into the Hampton Inn, but he appeared to be wearing a darker shirt with a stripe across the chest on hotel video shortly before midnight.

Prosecutors contend that Jason Young left the hotel and drove approximately 2.5 hours to 3 hours to his home and brutally beat his wife to death, leaving the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Cassidy alone in the house with her mother's body.

Spivey said that he noticed two medications known to cause drowsiness – adult-strength Tylenol cold medicine and a prescription drug called Pancof-PD – on a hutch in Cassidy's bedroom. Spivey said he learned that Pancof-PD is manufactured by the same company which employed Jason Young as a pharmaceutical sales representative.

Jason Young Young Trial recap: Day 9 testimony

A medicine dropper that contained traces of both substances, as well as the child's DNA, was also on the hutch, he said.

The state says that after killing his wife, Jason Young returned to Virginia, stopping along the way at Four Brothers Food Mart in King, N.C., where he paid $20 for gasoline but only purchased $15 worth. Receipts at the store confirmed a $15 cash purchase for gasoline at 5:27 a.m. and a $20 cash purchase at 5:37 a.m., Spivey said.

Jason Young called his sister-in-law, Meredith Fisher, twice, beginning at 12:10 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2006, Spivey said. Investigators found her phone number written on an atlas in his SUV, he added.

Meredith Fisher, who found her sister's body, has said her brother-in-law wanted her to go to his home to retrieve some printouts from eBay of a belated anniversary gift for his wife.

Those printouts, Spivey said, were for Coach purses up for bidding in auctions that were set to end auction at 7:24 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2006.

Defense attorneys contend that Jason Young did not kill his wife and that there is no physical evidence, not even a drop of blood, linking him to the crime. DNA taken from the home, they say, suggests there were possibly two attackers, as do two set of adult shoe prints – a size-10 Franklin athletic shoe and a size-12 Hush Puppies shoe – found near Michelle Young's body.

Spivey said investigators never recovered either pair of shoes. Nor were they able to find the clothing Jason Young was seen wearing in the surveillance video or other items, including Michelle Young's wedding rings, he said

If convicted, Jason Young faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. The state is not seeking the death penalty.


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  • poohpdoo2002 Jun 22, 2011

    He only ended up paying $15 worth because the car was probably full could not take another $5 worth.

  • smashedglass Jun 21, 2011

    Maybe he only got 15 in gas because he was in a hurry and wanted to get the heck out ot dodge?

  • swifty Jun 21, 2011

    Why only $15 worth of gas if he'd just drove up from Raleigh? And if only $15 why didn't he continue on to to the motel and buy gas after he checked out and on his way to the meeting?
    These i sno sense to stopping for gas at 5:30 and making a scene especially if he'd planned everything else.

  • canucmypointofview Jun 20, 2011

    eccgc: canucmypointofview, You can't wrap your mind around why he would do this? He wanted his cake and eat it too. He wasn't happy because Michelle was not a compliant wife. He wanted excitement, flings, partying, you name it. He was involved with two other women (a third in his dreams)and he became very irrational to the point of murder.

    So why wait (at the very least) 2 years and 5 months?? They married when she was preggers with Cassidy, right? If he never wanted the married with children lifestyle, why did he pick THAT night to end it? Ya think it took that much planning? Still undecided here.. O! And nice to talk to ya again! I love a good debate.

  • jody4663 Jun 20, 2011

    New headline! "Mom's testimony in murder trial brings smile to Jason Young."

  • tarheel86 Jun 20, 2011

    Someone posted that they thought a serial killer could have done this. That doesn't make sense.
    If a serial killer is going to break into a home with close neighbors, then he would have to stake the place out to see who all lives there to determine routines and to reduce his chances of getting caught.
    How would a serial killer know that JY had an out-of-town business trip that night? Why would a serial killer leave CY alive? Why didn't any neighbors remember seeing unknown vehicles in the area in the days leading up to MY's death? Why weren't there any signs of forced entry?
    Whoever went into that house that night must have felt with great certainty that he wouldn't be caught during the commission of the crime.

  • jody4663 Jun 20, 2011

    Do you remember Meredith stating she said her death was via homicide when she called Mrs. Young? She didn't use the word homicide as the manner of death. IIRC from her testimony.

    tigresspen, I'm not believing that the defense started their testimony in the way they did. Someone posted that they felt the jury was probably put off by her testimony and I have to agree. After having to look at all of the state's evidence and then looking at all of the happy times, just seemed out of place.

  • eccgc Jun 20, 2011

    I also didn't see much of Jason's mom's testimony, but I think if anything it could have been off-putting to the jurors. Getting up there and telling me what a nice guy Jason is and how happy they were doesn't make me think he is more or less likely to have committed this murder.

    fromageball, I saw all of her testimony and it was a big time off-putting to me. It had to be to the jury who had just looked at well over an hour or more of crime scene photos, bloody sheets, comforters, records of hundreds of phone calls to his mistress, evidence that would lead one to believe he medicated his daughter and much more. The defense wants her to gush over wedding pictures. This was an extremely bad move on their part.

  • koverbee Jun 20, 2011

    Good thinking carolinarox...that's probably almost exactly what happened.

  • dollibug Jun 20, 2011

    ++++Didn't shed a tear for the victim!

    Not EVIDENCE that he is a killer....heaven help us....as some people do NOT know what EVIDENCE means....