Jason Young to be tried again for wife's murder

Staff writerJuly 20, 2011 

— RALEIGH -- Jason Young, the Wake County man accused of killing his pregnant wife, will be retried in early October on a murder accusation that left a jury hopelessly deadlocked last month.

Before the decision was announced in open court, Colon Willoughby, the county's top prosecutor, met behind closed doors briefly with defense lawyers, prosecutors and Judge Donald Stephens.

Stephens presided over the first trial of Young that ended with the jury hopelessly deadlocked, eight for acquittal and four for conviction.

Young, who has been in jail since June 28, when Stephens declared a mistrial, is accused of killing Michelle Young, when she was 29 and pregnant.

Her lifeless body was discovered by her sister on Nov. 3, 2006, in the master bedroom of the Youngs' home in the Enchanted Oaks neighborhood just south of Raleigh.

Young, 37, took the stand during the trial and emphatically denied murdering his wife or having anything to do with the bludgeoning death.

He told the jury he was in Virginia on a business trip when the killing occurred.

Prosecutors contend he left a Virginia hotel shortly after midnight on Nov. 3, 2006, then drove 160 miles back to Raleigh and killed his wife.

A convenience store clerk in King, a North Carolina town about 45 minutes away from the hotel where Young booked a room, reported selling gas to Young at about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 3.

The jury was behind closed doors deliberating the case for at least 12 hours over a three-day period.

Jurors have declined to discuss the case.

A judge set bond for Young at $900,000.

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