Young does not testify in second trial

Jason Young and his defense team listen to testimony.

February 29, 2012 3:20:35 PM PST
Jason Young's defense took a new tack Wednesday and rested without calling him to the witness stand. It was a change from his first trial that ended last June with the jury deadlocked at 8 to 4 in favor of acquittal.

Young, 37, is accused of beating his wife Michelle to death in their south Raleigh home in 2006.

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

At his first trial, Young took the witness stand and claimed he was away on a business trip in Virginia on Nov. 3, 2006 when Michelle died. 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 when the murder happened.

That testimony was replayed in video for the jury at his second trial.

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