Michelle Young

NC Supreme Court to hear Jason Young case

Posted March 23, 2015 12:27 p.m. EDT
Updated March 23, 2015 12:31 p.m. EDT

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 Supreme Court next month will hear the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling that a Wake County man be granted a new trial for the November 2006 beating death of his pregnant wife.

Last year, the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned Jason Young's 2012 first-degree murder conviction because the trial judge allowed jurors to hear about civil litigation against Young.

The 40-year-old was found guilty of killing his wife, Michelle Young, who was found Nov. 3, 2006, in a pool of blood in the couple's home on Birchleaf Drive in Raleigh.

Wake County prosecutors argued that the couple had a volatile marriage and that he wanted out of the relationship. Defense attorneys, however, maintained that Jason Young was out of town on business when someone else killed Michelle Young.

The appeals court found that Jason Young's presumption of innocence was "irreparably diminished," in part, by prosecutors' evidence about a wrongful death lawsuit and a default judgment declaring Young the killer because he never responded to the lawsuit.

The state Supreme Court will hear the case May 19.

Jason Young, meanwhile, remains incarcerated at Alexander Correctional Institution in Alexander County.