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Jurors hear from new witness in Young retrial

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jurors in the Jason Young retrial heard new evidence Wednesday. Late in the day, prosecutors called witness who did not testify in Young's first trial.

Jennifer Ray was a coworker of the victim, Michelle Young, at Progress Energy. As the company's benefits coordinator, Ray sent Jason Young life insurance forms which he filled out.

However, the company never paid him the $100,000 value of the policy. They paid Michelle Young's estate instead.

"We continued to receive these letters from Prudential saying they were trying to keep updated on the investigation and until they rule out complete involvement from the beneficiary they could not pay that beneficiary," said Ray on the stand.

Earlier in the day, jurors in the retrial heard Jason Young's testimony from the first trial which ended with a hung jury. They also heard prosecutors pick apart the testimony.

It is unclear whether Young will take the stand again.

He is on trial for the second time in the death of his wife. The 29-year-old was pregnant with the couple's second child when she died.

Prosecutors allege Jason returned from a business trip in Virginia in the middle of the night to kill his wife and then secretly returned to his hotel room in Hillsville. Young maintains he never left the hotel.

The trial resumes Thursday at 11 a.m. because a juror has a medical appointment.

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jason young, michelle young, homicide, local/state, ed crump
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