The Jury deliberated for 5 hours today in the retrial of Jason Young in Raleigh. They have gone home and will be back Monday at 9:30am.
From the N&O:
"Under the prosecution's theory, Young would have traveled just over
500 miles in less than 12 hours, bludgeoned his wife Michelle after
about 340 miles, cleaned himself up from a bloody crime scene, gotten
his toddler daughter cleaned up after she tracked tiny bloody footprints
across the master bedroom and down the hall toward her bathroom and
left her alone with her dead mother for hours.
Bryan Collins and
Mike Klinkosum each argued that such a scenario is far-fetched.
Investigators found no scratches or bruises on Young within days of the
death, they found no electronic trace of him for almost eight hours
between midnight and 7:40 a.m. They found no blood or other forensic
evidence in Young's 2004 white Ford Explorer. DNA evidence and prints
found inside the Youngs' master bedroom and home could not be linked to
Young or any of the 160 people investigators tested.
"It doesn't make sense, ladies and gentlemen," Klinkosum contended repeatedly.
argue that investigators focused on Jason Young from the outset as
their prime suspect, "like a laser," ignoring details that did not mesh
with that theory.
"If you decide what happened before you go
investigate, instead of finding the truth, your investigation will
merely accept the evidence that confirms your suspicions and reject
what's in conflict with it," Collins said. "This case is full of that."'
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