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March 7, 2012

NC v. Young juror: Justice was served

Posted: 09:22 AM ET

On Monday, the jury found Young guilty of first-degree murder for beating his pregnant wife to death in 2006.

In Session correspondent Beth Karas interviewed Melissa Axline, who was on the jury for the Young trial, on Tuesday.

Axline said convicting Jason Young of first-degree murder for beating his pregnant wife, Michelle Fisher Young, provides justice for her family.

When she entered deliberations, Axline said she was thinking Young wasn’t guilty, because he didn’t have any bruises or scratches on his body when investigators took pictures.

However, Axline says she started to change her mind as she began to examine the “mountain” of circumstantial evidence facing Young.

She says one of the major things that influenced her was that Young couldn’t produce the clothes he wore the night she died. Axline said if he were innocent he would have been handing this stuff to the police.

Young testified in his first trial that ended with a hung jury.  And that testimony was played for this jury.  Axline says the prosecution in the latest trial did a really good job at punching holes in Young’s story given in his testimony at the first trial.

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February 28, 2012

In Session coverage note: Two riveting live trials

Posted: 02:18 PM ET

If you are an In Session fan you are in luck! We have two riveting live trials happening right now: North Carolina v. Jason Young & New Jersey v. Dharun Ravi. In Session is monitoring both trials, and we are making minute to minute decisions about which trial will provide you the most interesting testimony possible.

Don't worry we will give you a heads up when we are about to switch between trials!

Click here to get caught up with NC v. Young

Click here to get caught up with NJ v. Ravi

For those who have been following FL v. Dippolito, please be patient, as we will show the trial in full at a later date.

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February 13, 2012

NC v. Young: Comparing two trials

Posted: 04:59 PM ET

Jason Young is accused of beating his pregnant wife to death in 2006. It was a beating prosecutors call "brutal and personal."

As In Session continues to cover the Young trial live. It is important to understand the trial we are covering is a re-trial. Young chose to testify during his first trial, and In Session's legal experts speculate that his testimony was the reason the jury couldn’t reach a verdict. Young's first murder trial ended with a hung jury.

WRAL's crime reporter Amanda Lamb covered Young's first trial. Watch the video to see Lamb compare the first trial to the retrial.

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February 10, 2012

Young retrial: Suspicious circumstances

Posted: 07:43 AM ET

For those who have been following FL v. Dippolito, please be patient, as we will show the trial in full at a later date. Starting at 9am Friday, we have the opportunity to witness – live – the compelling *retrial* of Jason Young of North Carolina, who stands accused of murdering his pregnant wife, Michelle.

Young told police that he didn't kill his wife, and he even told them that he had an alibi. Young claimed that he checked into a hotel in Virginia the night his wife died, and wasn't anywhere near the crime scene in North Carolina.

Watch the video to see Detective Scott Ikerd describe some suspicious circumstances he discovered at that hotel in Virginia.

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February 8, 2012

Retrial begins in case of murdered pregnant woman

Posted: 07:54 AM ET


Jason Young is on trial a second time for his pregnant wife's murder... because a jury couldn't reach a decision last summer. Now prosecutors are trying again.

The facts of North Carolina v. Young are disturbing.

Prosecutors say Michelle Young's two-year-old daughter was found hiding in the bed near the crime scene and the toddler's bloody footprints surrounded her mother's dead body.

Young is accused of beating his pregnant wife to death in 2006. It was a beating prosecutors call "brutal and personal."

Young chose to testify during his first trial, and In Session's legal experts speculate that his testimony was the reason the jury couldn’t reach a verdict. That testimony will come into play again as prosecutors say they will present it to the new jury.

During her opening statement Monday morning, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Becky Holt painted Young as an immature man who didn’t want another child in the picture.

"He was the free spirit. The adventure lover. The irresponsible. The immature. The life of the party. The jokester. The salesman," Holt said.

During the defense's opening statement, attorney Mike Klinkosum said the state’s case against his client is largely emotional and circumstantial, lacking in direct evidence such as DNA that links him to the crime.

Klinkosum admitted that the Youngs had marital problems, and Young was even immature at times.

"I am not here to tell you that he was a good husband. He was far from it," Klinkosum said. "You are going to hear about sexist remarks, juvenile behavior. You are going to hear that he acted like an obnoxious jerk."

Tuesday morning’s testimony also provided some fireworks. Michelle Young’s sister, Meredith Fisher, testified that Young told Michelle and her sister that their marital problems would go away if she would just allow him to have other women on the side.

Keep watching HLN and In Session for updates on this case

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