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Jason Young charged with murder of ex-Long Islander Michelle Young

Former Sayville resident Michelle Young, shown here with

Former Sayville resident Michelle Young, shown here with her daughter Cassidy, was murdered in North Carolina. Credit: Handout

A grand jury in Raleigh, N.C., has handed up a murder indictment of the husband of a former Sayville woman who three years ago was found lying face down in a pool of blood inside their North Carolina home.

Jason Young, 35, of Brevard, N.C., was arrested Monday by Wake County sheriff's deputies and agents from the State Bureau of Investigation. He now faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the Nov. 3, 2006, killing of his wife, Michelle Young.

PHOTOS: The Michelle Young murder case

At the time of her death, Michelle Young was pregnant with the couple's second child. Their then-2-year-old daughter, Cassidy, who was unhurt in her mother's attack, had dotted the floor with tiny, bloodstained footprints when her mother's body was discovered.

Michelle Young was a 1995 graduate of Sayville High School, where she was co-captain of the cheerleading squad and a member of the National Honor Society.

She went to North Carolina State University, where in her freshman year she was a junior varsity cheerleader. Her husband is also a North Carolina State graduate.

A Wake County grand jury returned an indictment after hearing testimony from Wake County Sheriff's Det. R.C. Spivey, according to Colon Willoughby, the county's district attorney.

Young's attorney, Roger Smith Jr., could not be reached for comment.

Willoughby said there was no one particular break-through in the case, which has been pursued for more than three years. Instead, he said, it was a matter of detectives accumulating evidence.

"We felt we were in a position to go forward," Willoughby said. "Detectives had been working on this case for three years; we had re-interviewed witnesses, and we felt we had enough to go to the grand jury. . . . There's not any one thing I can point to."

Willoughby said he hadn't determined whether it would be a death-penalty case, but said he didn't believe the aggravating factors necessary under North Carolina law were present.

Some of the evidence likely to be used against Young is detailed in a series of search warrants.

In the most recent warrant, filed in March, detectives said they learned that Young was involved in an extramarital affair; Michelle Young had found someone's underwear in the couple's bed, the search warrant said.

Witnesses told detectives that Jason and Michelle Young had a volatile relationship and that they fought frequently.

They said Jason Young had punched holes in the wall and ripped a door off its hinges, according to the document.

In an e-mail message to his wife on July 6, 2006, four months before the slaying - Jason Young wrote: "I am in a mood that makes our trip to myrtle seem mind, pray the beer kicks in. I could kill u for not letting me finish the yard this morning."

The criminal indictment and arrest come months after a civil court found Young liable for his wife's death and awarded her family $15 million, according to Newsobserver.com.

The Web site also said that a Wake County judge in February granted custody of the couple's child, Cassidy, now 5, to Michelle Young's mother, Linda Fisher of Sayville.

Young's family could not be reached.

With Zachary R. Dowdy and Gary Dymski

PHOTOS: The Michelle Young murder case

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