Michelle Young

Decision to re-try Young could come Wednesday

Posted July 19, 2011 8:28 p.m. EDT
Updated July 19, 2011 8:50 p.m. EDT

— Wake County prosecutors could announce Wednesday how they plan to proceed against a Raleigh man, whose murder trial ended last month with a deadlocked jury.

A Superior Court judge declared a mistrial on June 27 after jurors were unable to decide whether Jason Young is guilty of first-degree murder in the beating death of his pregnant wife, Michelle Young.

The district attorney's office could decide to try him again, reach a plea deal or dismiss the murder charge.

If prosecutors choose to re-try the case, defense attorneys are expected to ask for bond for their client so that he can be released pending the new trial.

Michelle Young, 29, was found facedown on the floor in the bedroom of the couple's Raleigh home on Nov. 3, 2006.

In a rare move, Jason Young, 37, testified during his trial that he out of town at the time his wife was killed and that he had no involvement in her death.

Legal experts say his decision to testify could have been a factor in the hung jury.

Jurors deliberated for more than 12 hours before sending a note to Judge Donald Stephens that they were stuck at an 8-4 vote. It appeared by markings on the note that the jury had been leaning toward a not-guilty verdict.

Jurors have declined interviews about the case, but the jury foreman told WRAL News that there was no doubt to him that there was reasonable doubt in the case.