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Young Seeks 3rd Trial


June 19, 2017

Jason Young, a former medical software salesman from Wake County and a Brevard High School graduate, contends the defense team that led to a first-degree murder verdict in bludgeoning death of his pregnant wife was ineffective, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

His new lawyers made their case before Wake County Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway this past Thursday.

Young is serving a life sentence for killing his wife, Michelle, in their home just south of Raleigh.

Her bloody body was found in their bedroom with their unharmed 2-year-old in 2006.

Young was convicted in 2012.

In 2015, North Carolina’s highest court declined to allow a third trial for Young.

The state Supreme Court ruled that Young’s case was not harmed when the trial judge allowed evidence about a wrongful death lawsuit and child custody challenge.

The Supreme Court overturned the state Court of Appeals by ruling Young’s first-degree murder conviction was not tainted.

The trial judge allowed jurors to hear that another court declared Young responsible for his wife’s death after he failed to respond to the separate civil claims, which did not declare his innocence or guilt in the killing.

Ridgeway told the court on Thursday that it may be a “some period of time before I get back to you.” Ridgeway plans to wait until he has a full transcript from the hearing and then mull over the legal questions about whether the two lawyers who represented Young during the trial that led to his conviction had made such egregious mistakes that a third trial should be granted.


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