NC high court weighs new trial in pregnant wife murder case

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court is considering whether a Raleigh man convicted of killing his pregnant wife should get a new trial.

The state Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the Jason Young case.

The state Court of Appeals said the trial judge shouldn’t have allowed evidence about a wrongful death lawsuit and child custody complaint before his 2012 first-degree murder conviction.

The trial judge had declared Young responsible for his wife’s death after he failed to respond to the civil claim. The default judgment did not declare innocence or guilt in the killing.

Young is serving a life sentence for the death of his wife, Michelle. She was five months’ pregnant in 2006 when her bloody body was found in their bedroom with their unharmed 2-year-old daughter.

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