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Monday
Mar052012

Jason Young Gets Life in Prison for Wife's Murder

Hemera/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) --  A guilty verdict was handed down Monday in the retrial of Jason Young, accused of murdering his wife in 2006 and nearly acquitted during his first trial in 2011.

The jury deliberated for only six hours before finding him guilty.

Young was retried for the crime after his first trial in June ended with a hung jury. After the verdict Monday, Young was taken into custody immediately to begin serving a life sentence without parole.

Young, 37, was charged with the death of his wife Michelle, 29, who was found face-down in a pool of blood at the couple's home. Their daughter Cassidy, who was 2 at the time, was discovered hiding under the covers of her parents' bed. Michelle Young's sister, Meredith Fischer, found them.

Young claimed to have been away on a business trip on the night of the murder.

During the trial, Chief Assistant District Attorney Howard Cummings compared Young's statements and found inconsistencies, such as what he did on the night of his wife's death, the shirt he wore to his daughter's birthday party and his financial situation in 2008.

Day care worker Ashley Palmatier provided dramatic testimony, demonstrating what Young's daughter, now 7, did and said after the killing, using dolls: "While she was hitting the doll she said mommy's getting a spanking for biting and when she laid the doll down she said mommy has boo boos all over, red stuff all over."

A forensic computer examiner testified that "head, blow and knockout" were found to be search terms used on Young's home computer.

The jury was shown surveillance video from the night of the death of Young checking into a Hampton Inn at 10:49 p.m. The hotel was located about 160 miles from the couple's Raleigh, N.C., home.

At 11:20 p.m., the hotel's surveillance footage went black and prosecutors argue that Young tampered with the camera and propped the security door open.

The prosecution claimed that Young left the hotel and drove home to kill his wife and then stopped on his way back to get gas at 5 a.m., where he argued with the station's attendant, according to the gas attendant's testimony.

"I don't forget nothing like that, when somebody is cussing and fussing at me," the attendant said.

The defense argued that Young didn't have enough time to kill his wife and that there was no blood in his SUV. They also questioned the witnesses' credibility.

After going into deliberations around 9:30 a.m. Monday, the jury requested a list of items entered into evidence to go over in the jury room, including clothes worn by Young, his wife, and his daughter, photos from the crime scene, Young's luggage from his business trip, and photos of Young at a restaurant the night of the murder.

They returned with a guilty verdict at 3:48 p.m.

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Saturday
Feb252012

Jason Young May Take Witness Stand in Retrial

Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Defense attorneys are spending the weekend deciding whether Jason Young, the North Carolina man who is on trial a second time for allegedly killing his pregnant wife, should take the stand on Monday.

Young, 37, was originally tried in 2006 for the death of his 29-year-old wife, Michelle, and is now back in court for first-degree murder charges after the trial ended in a deadlocked jury in June.

Young took the stand in his first trial and admitted he and his wife were having problems, however he denied killing his wife and said he had been on a business trip at the time of her murder.

Prosecutors are taking a closer look at his first trial testimony, comparing it to previous evidence submitted by the lead investigator.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Howard Cummings compared Young's statements to find inconsistencies, such as what he did on the night of his wife's death, the shirt he wore to his daughter's birthday party and his financial situation in 2008.

Prosecutors called their final witness, a family attorney who represented Michelle Young's family in a custody dispute on Friday.

Attorney Mike Schilawski told the jury he was hired after Young cut off visitation of the couple's young daughter to his wife's mother and sister.

Linda and Meredith Fischer, the mother and sister of Michelle Young, sued for custody of Cassidy Young, who was 2 years old at the time of her mother's 2006 murder.

Had Young chosen to fight the lawsuit, he would have been subjected to questioning under oath—allowing attorneys to ask him what he knew about his wife's murder. Instead, he ceded custody to his in-laws.

When Cummings asked Schilawski what he would have asked Young, he replied, "I would have asked him whether or not he brutally murdered his wife."

The defense argued Young did not have the money to engage in a costly legal battle and that his relinquishment of custody should not be seen as an implication of guilt, ABC affiliate WTVD reported.

Meredith Fischer found her sister face-down in a pool of blood with the couple's 2-year-old daughter and only possible witness, Cassidy, hiding under the covers of her parents' bed.

If convicted, Young could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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