Michelle Young

Jason Young in tears during murder trial testimony

Posted June 21, 2011

— Jason Young sobbed Tuesday morning as his mother recalled the day of Michelle Young's funeral and the last time he saw his slain pregnant wife before she was buried.

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"He touched Michelle's hand, and then he reached over and rubbed his hand on that little mound that was his baby," Pat Young said during her testimony in her son's first-degree murder trial.

Michelle Young, 29, was five months’ pregnant with a boy when her sister, Meredith Fisher, found her beaten to death inside her Wake County home on Nov. 3, 2006. Her daughter, Cassidy, then 2, was found unharmed hiding under the covers of her parents' bed.

Prosecutors spent the past nine days trying to prove that Jason Young killed his wife because he didn't want to be married or have a family and that he wanted to live life on his own terms – drinking, partying and spending time with his friends.

Jason Young, who was arrested more than three years later, has said he was out of town when his wife died.

Jason Young Witness: Two people left Young home on day of slaying

Defense attorneys contend that their client was not a good husband, having had two affairs, but that he did not kill his wife and leave his daughter alone in the house.

Tuesday marked Pat Young's second day of testimony.

She testified Monday that she and her husband – Jason Young's stepfather – told him about his wife's death at their home in Brevard, N.C., on the afternoon of Nov. 3, 2006, when he arrived at their house after his business meeting for an overnight visit.

"Jason went pale. He just went white. He sank down to the ground. He said, 'That can't be right,'" she said. "He started crying. He started asking, 'What about Cassidy?'"

Continuing Tuesday, she said that, on the way back to the Triangle, she sat with him in the back seat of his Ford Explorer and, at times, he put his head in her lap and cry.

She also recalled the day her son was arrested on Dec. 14, 2009, after he was indicted.

They were leaving an auto shop where they had taken her son's SUV for repairs and were getting into her car when officers came out of nowhere and handcuffed him and placed him in a patrol car.

"I spoke to a couple of officers, and I said, 'Can I hug him?' They opened the door … and I reached down to hug him. That was the last time I ever hugged him," Pat Young, almost in tears, said.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Jason Young faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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  • pdolan6 Jun 22, 2011

    Some criminals are sorry only if they get caught. If he is found guilty, he will be no exception.

  • fromageball Jun 21, 2011

    "You do realize that Michelle was killed in Fuquay and Jenna was killed right across the street from the Farmers Market in Raleigh. Right?"

    Michelle wasn't killed in Fuquay. Their Enchanted Oaks address is in Ralegh and it's only a few miles from the Farmers Market.

  • foghat004 Jun 21, 2011

    there's no connection between those two murders

    with all the evidence that the State has produced, these wild theories about Young not killing his wife are just ... sad

  • biznetads Jun 21, 2011

    Fake! Really fakin it!

  • mikewolfpacker Jun 21, 2011

    The Farmer's Market and Enchanted Oaks are not that far apart, as both are in the Lake Wheeler area.

  • happy2.0 Jun 21, 2011

    so, if the crack investigators make a breakthrough in the JENNA NIELSEN case; I will assume they will let us know if the perp had size "10" franklin shoes... if so; I assume they will run to the innocence court with their findings... take a moment, court watchers, and look at all the unsolved crimes in that area, just saying,,,

    You do realize that Michelle was killed in Fuquay and Jenna was killed right across the street from the Farmers Market in Raleigh. Right?

  • jody4663 Jun 21, 2011

    New headline!

  • Alexia.1 Jun 21, 2011

    "I will not agree on the means or opportunity" --paulej

    I meant to say I will not disagree...

    What is the motive, though?

  • insinceregeshundheit_r Jun 21, 2011

    RKBA - yup

  • grayboomerang Jun 21, 2011

    Add "good actor" to his resume.