Jury deliberations to continue Monday in Young case

Jason Young listens to testimony. (Shawn Rocco)

March 2, 2012 3:05:39 PM PST
Jurors began deliberating Jason Young's fate Friday morning. The 37-year-old is accused of beating his pregnant wife Michelle to death in their south Raleigh home in 2006.

Michelle was five months pregnant when she died. During the trial, prosecutors 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 Young's 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 - which ended with a deadlocked jury last year - 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.

Young's testimony was replayed on video for the second jury. It's picking from three options: not guilty, guilty of first-degree murder or guilty of second-degree murder.

The jury did not reach a verdict Friday. They will return Monday morning to continue deliberations.

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