Jason Young retrial delayed

Jason Young listens to testimony in a Wake County courtroom.

September 15, 2011 3:56:37 PM PDT
A Raleigh judge said Thursday that Jason Young's retrial will not be held in October.

Young's first trial ended in June when a jury of 12 men and woman couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in the 2006 beating death of his pregnant wife Michelle.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens said in an order that there is a shortage of court reporters, and there is a delay in getting the transcript from Young's first trial completed.

He said a new trial wouldn't be held until at least 2012. A scheduling hearing will be held later this month.

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 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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