There was an odd twist today in one of the murder investigations I follow. In the murder of Michelle Young, of Raleigh, NC, her husband, Jason, has never been officially named a suspect. The vast majority of the search warrants that have been released or unsealed point directly to him, but not enough has been gleaned for the DA to allow charges to be filed against him.
The murder happened over two years ago, and, as that deadline approached with no criminal trial in the offing, the victim's mother, Linda Fisher, filed a civil suit. Called a Wrongful Death suit, the Plaintiff sought to have Jason declared her daughter's slayer, so that he would be unable to claim her life insurance or otherwise profit from her death.
Jason never answered the suit. No delaying tactics, no denial; nothing. That caused linda Fisher to win the case by default.
Today, the judge ruled that Jason IS Michelle's slayer, based not only on Jason's failure to answer, but also on affidavits from the investigators in the case.
I can't remember another case where a Wrongful Death suit is allowed before the criminal case has even gone to trial.
One of the more interesting items in the Judgment is the statement that Investigator Spivey is of the opinion that Jason killed Michelle, and that he has been working on this case almost exclusively for eighteen months, and that there is evidence that has not been released to the public.
Here is a link to a PDF file of the Judgment.
I am elated that Mrs Fisher has won her Judgment, and I hope for an arrest and criminal trial happens soon.
This wife-killer needs to stand before Justice and receive his due.