State to ask NC Supreme Court to review Jason Young case
Posted April 2
Updated April 7
Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Attorney General's Office plans to ask the state Supreme Court to review an appellate ruling ordering a new trial in the high-profile case of a Wake County man convicted of killing his 29-year-old pregnant wife, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Justice said Wednesday.
A three-judge panel with the state Court of Appeals on Tuesday vacated Jason Young's March 5, 2012, conviction after finding that a judge should not have allowed jurors in Young's trial to hear about two civil lawsuits against him – a wrongful death lawsuit and petition for child custody, both filed by his late wife's family.
Young, 39, is serving life in prison for first-degree murder in the Nov. 3, 2006, beating death of Michelle Young, who was found in a pool of blood in the couple's home on Birchleaf Drive in Raleigh.
The Appeals Court ruled that the Young's presumption of innocence was "irreparably diminished" by prosecutors' evidence about the lawsuits as well as subsequent default judgment that Young was liable for Michelle Young's death because he refused to respond in the wrongful death case.
The criminal conviction was a tough win for Wake County authorities.
Sheriff's investigators didn't arrest him until December 2009. He initially went to trial in June 2011, but had to be re-tried after a jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of a not-guilty verdict.
Jason Young testified in his first trial that he had no involvement in Michelle Young's death and that he was in Virginia on a business trip when she died.
Wake County prosecutors, however, argued that the couple's marriage was volatile and that Jason Young wanted out of the relationship.