Jason Young posts bond

Jason Young leaves the Wake County jail after posting bond.

July 28, 2011 2:03:39 PM PDT
Jason Young is free on bail pending his retrial on charges he beat his pregnant wife to death in 2006.

Young posted a $900,000 bond Thursday and walked out of the Wake County jail escorted by his attorney.

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

Young, 37, has been behind bars since he was arrested in 2009. His next trial is tentatively set for October.

Young claims he was away on a business trip in Virginia on November 3, 2006 when his wife Michelle 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 Young's 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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