“She’s got boo boos everywhere.”
That’s what two-year-old Cassidy Young said to her aunt about her mom on a 911 call played in court Tuesday. Cassidy’s father is on trial in North Carolina for the murder of his pregnant wife ... again.
This is the second time Jason Young will face a jury of his peers to decide whether or not he killed his wife, Michelle, on November 3, 2006. His first trial in July 2011 for first-degree murder ended with a hung jury and a mistrial.
Michelle’s body was discovered by her sister, Meredith Fisher, who took the stand as the state’s first witness. Fisher described heading to the house in the middle of the day because Jason had asked her to retrieve some papers he left behind. But it wasn’t papers Fisher found when she arrived at the home -- it was small footprints trailing blood through the house and her sister’s lifeless body.
“She found her sister in her bedroom, having been beat to death. She found her niece hiding under the covers in the master bedroom,” Prosecutor Becky Holt said in her opening statement. “She found little footprints in blood. She found them around Michelle’s head.”
Both the prosecution and the defense presented their opening statements, focusing on two key points in this case: the motive and infidelity. Testimony from Meredith Fisher also painted a picture of a marriage on the rocks. She described once talking to Jason and Michelle about their marital problems for nearly four hours.
“We had talked that whole night,” Fisher said, “and his final comment was all of this would just go away if you let me have a girl on the side.”
Defense attorney Mike Klinkosum admitted in his opening statement that his client’s behavior may seem less than becoming. But he says not being a likeable person doesn’t make somebody a murderer.
“I am not here to tell you Jason Young was a good husband. He was far from it,” says Klinkosum. “We don’t convict people of murder because they sometimes act like jerks.”
But victims’ rights attorney Gloria Allred tells HLN’s Vinnie Politan that Jason Young may have had several motives to kill his wife.
“One is, is there another woman, such as in the Scott Peterson where Amber Frey was the other woman, unknowingly of course,” says Allred. “But in addition here, apparently Mr. Young allegedly had a girlfriend or somebody he was interested in.”
Jason Young faces life in prison if convicted of his wife’s murder.