Prosecutors will re-try Jason Young

Jason Young listens to testimony in a Wake County courtroom.

September 22, 2011 2:16:00 PM PDT
Prosecutors said Wednesday they will re-try Jason Young in the 2006 beating death of his pregnant wife Michelle.

Young's first trial ended last month when a jury of 12 men and woman couldn't reach a unanimous verdict.

Bond was set for Young at a hearing Wednesday at $900,000. Young, 37, has been behind bars since he was arrested in 2009. It wasn't immediately clear if he would try to raise the money to be freed until his next trial tentatively set for October.

Young claims he was away on a business trip in Virginia on November 3, 2006 when his wife was beaten to death in their south Raleigh home.

Michelle was 5-months pregnant when she died. Prosecutors said the couple had a long history of marital problems and Jason had affairs with multiple women in the months before the murder. The Youngs' daughter Cassidy - who was 2-years-old at the time - was found unhurt next to her mother's corpse. Investigators said her tiny bloody footprints were tracked throughout the upstairs floor of the home.

In an unusual move for a murder trial, Jason took the witness stand in his own defense. He admitted he was a less than perfect husband, but said he was working on his marriage and didn't kill his wife. He said he was asleep in a Hampton Inn in Hillsville, Virginia when the murder occurred. Prosecutors said he had time to drive back to Raleigh, kill Michelle, and then drive back again.

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