Michelle Young

State to ask NC Supreme Court to review Jason Young case

Posted April 2
Updated April 7

Jason Young listens during his retrial on March 5, 2012, as Judge Donald Stephens reads the verdict after a jury unanimously found him guilty of killing his wife Michelle Young. (Photo by Shawn Rocco, The News & Observer, Pool)

— 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.

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  • ConservativeVoter Apr 14, 3:55 p.m.

    This and the Brad Cooper trials say something about the Wake County DA's office and the Wake County LEO's. If they have another trial, they need to present real physical evidence linking Jason Young to the scene of the murder. Not lies, innuendo, and hearsay.

  • Jump1 Apr 4, 8:49 a.m.

    This appeals court needs to get their act together 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. How can that be right if he has been tired 3 times and found guilty each time.

  • Alexia Apr 2, 5:52 p.m.

    While I have some serious doubted about his guilt (timing, no blood, washed clothes on child, gas mileage matching receipts), I don't know what about the trial that wasn't fair. Can someone enlighten me?

  • kat4eagles Apr 2, 5:06 p.m.

    Well, if the ncsc souks up and knocks down a 2nd trial, his lawyers should appeal to ussc. The... View More

    — Posted by sandim50

    I like your thinking! I remember when this was supposed to be a slam dunk or that an arrest was imminent.It took 3 years for an arrest, then we end up with a deadlocked jury who voted 8-4 NG and now this! Let Jason Young go! He did not have the time to commit this crime, did not have any reason to want Michelle dead and a car was in the Young driveway that am when there was no possible way he could have been there!

  • sandim50 Apr 2, 2:59 p.m.

    Well, if the ncsc souks up and knocks down a 2nd trial, his lawyers should appeal to ussc. The man is INNOCENT. to much was wrong that conviceted him the 2nd time same a s brad Cooper being innocent. And if that does not work go for an Executive ruling. Pardon clemeency, whatever

  • A person Apr 2, 2:58 p.m.

    If the courts had done the job correctly without violating his rights, this would not be an issue. If he had gotten a fair second trial, either he would have been found not-guilty or guilty. They violated his rights and are now screaming that they should be allowed to do such

  • jtripp8 Apr 2, 2:57 p.m.

    How can wake county courts screw two such cases? I live in Robeson county and understand lack of literacy, but these are supposed to be well trained judges presiding over the cases. In this instance twice now.
    How many more trials must the citizens of the state pay for to put this guilty individual away? Enough!!!

  • Womble_Fred Apr 2, 2:27 p.m.

    The appeals process will work itself out. But anyone who followed either trial knows, Jason Young is where he belongs. Unless death row was an option. Guilty, without a doubt.

  • jonara Apr 2, 1:50 p.m.

    Why would WRAL correct the story. They only report what the Wake county court house tells them to. Whether it's true or not.
    Remember the Brad Cooper trial where WRAL parroted the phony line that the state proved Brad had mica on his shoes from the area where his wife's body was found? If you actually watched the trial you knew that was patently false.
    Of course, WRAL also ran a story about how good Mercury in your vaccines is for you too.

  • bradcooperisinnocent Apr 2, 12:53 p.m.

    You need to correct your story. It was 8-4 in favor if NOT GUILTY. When a fair trial was held (the first one), twice as many jurors felt his was not guilty as did those who felt he was. It was only in his second trial, now confirmed not to have been fair, that he was found guilty...