Hair, fiber analyst testifies in Jason Young retrial

February 15, 2012 3:26:10 PM PST
Testimony continued Wednesday in the retrial of Jason Young and focused on evidence found at the murder scene.

An SBI agent who analyzes hair and fiber testified. She testified that in all that she examined not one thing linked Jason Young to the crime.

When Michelle Young was found murdered inside the couple's Wake County home in Nov. 2006, crime scene investigators found hair in her hand and some under her body.

Forensic analyst Jen Remy said she tested that hair. She was pressed by defense attorneys about the laundry list of items she also tested from inside the home and the hotel room where Jason Young claims he stayed the night his pregnant wife was killed.

"In looking at all of that you saw no transfer of fiber between the hotel room in Hillsville,Va. and the home on Birchleaf, correct," asked Jason Young's attorney Mike Klinkosum.

"That's correct," answered Remy.

"And talking about your hair analysis, you said the hair was not consistent with Jason Young, correct," asked Klinkosum.

"Correct," answered Remy.

That's one of the reasons that Jason Young's attorneys believe Michelle Young's killer is still out there.

The prosecution, however, believes Jason Young left his hotel, drove back to Wake County to kill his wife but left their daughter unharmed, and then returned to the hotel undetected.

Earlier Wednesday, jurors heard testimony involving Jason Young's cell phone records. Those records show that, in the hours before and after the murder, he spent more time talking to his girlfriend than his wife. He also allegedly made what appeared to be a panicked series of calls to his mother.

The prosecution has painted Young as an immature man who fought frequently with his wife and had multiple affairs. It alleges he tampered with a surveillance camera at his hotel and was spotted by a gas station clerk buying gas between Hillsville and Raleigh.

It's not clear if Young plans to testify in his own defense. It's his second trial. The first ended with a hung jury last June. At his first trial, Young took the witness stand and admitted he and Michelle were having problems, but said he was working on his marriage and didn't kill his wife.

The trial is expected to last several more weeks.

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