For those unfamiliar with this case, here is a summary. Jason Young was convicted for the murder of his wife, Michelle in March, 2012. He was convicted based on very weak, manufactured circumstantial evidence. There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime and this conviction bothers me because much doubt remains. For now I would like to focus on the 911 call made by Meredith Fisher, the victim’s sister.
Things that bothered me about the 911 call:
- Meredith claimed to walk into the master bedroom, find Michelle’s body on the floor and immediately called 911. Why would anyone not first check on the victim? Especially knowing that she was pregnant?
- She stated right away that she thought she was dead. There was no urgency in her voice, such as “please get here quickly! My sister needs help”. It seemed that she already knew Michelle was dead when she placed that call.
- She stated “there’s blood all over the house” but that wasn’t really accurate.
- She seemed more concerned with keeping Cassidy occupied than trying to help her sister. The priority to help Michelle should have been higher than her priority to shield C. from seeing her mother that way.
- C. was calm on the phone. Had she been alone for 10 hours with her mother’s body, I would have expected her to be crying.
- Meredith told police three different versions of how she found C. She said she found her under the covers in the master bed; she said she found her wandering around the house; and she said she found her hiding in a closet. For as talkative as Meredith was during that 911 call, if she truly “found” her under the covers, wouldn’t she have mentioned that in the call “Oh! I just found her daughter!!!” No, nothing.
- She never set the phone down to attempt to roll the body over. She just gave up, stating she was “heavy”.
- The prosecutors theory is that Jason cleaned C. before he made the drive back to Raleigh, but how are we to believe that the child would remain spotlessly clean for 10 hours before being found? Why can’t one consider that Meredith may have cleaned the child?
I found an FBI report (p. 22) that described a study conducted with several real life 911 calls. It had a checklist for what turned out to be innocent versus guilty callers. It was interesting that Meredith’s call fit more closely with the guilty checklist than the innocent.