LIMA — The defense attorney for Timothy Youngblood, the 31-year-old Lima man charged with murder in the July 9 stabbing death of his father, on Wednesday laid the groundwork for a possible defense strategy by questioning his client’s mental capacities and his competency to stand trial.
Youngblood appeared before Magistrate Richard Warren in Lima Municipal Court Wednesday morning in a preliminary hearing to determine if probable cause exists to bind the case over the Allen County Common Pleas Court.
The Lima man has been charged with murder in the July 9 death of his father, 65-year-old Van Youngblood, at the elder Youngblood’s residence at 311 E. 14th St. just south of the Lima corporation limits.
During Wednesday morning’s hearing, Defense Attorney Greg Donohue told Warren that Youngblood had been uncooperative in two earlier conversations and has in most instances refused to talk with his attorney.
“There are substantial indications that there may be some mental health issues that make Mr. Youngblood unable to stand trial,” Donohue said. “I would ask the court to order a competency evaluation for the defendant.”
The magistrate overruled that motion, saying that Youngblood was given a psychological evaluation in connection with a case three years ago and was found at that time to be competent to stand trial.
Youngblood was charged with aggravated arson in 2015 and eventually pleaded to a lesser charge of attempted aggravated arson. The court-ordered mental evaluation of the Lima man at that time “found no evidence of mental illness and stated that the defendant was neither mentally ill nor mentally incompetent,” said Warren.
Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Juergen Waldick called Detective Ryan Ream of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office to the witness to lay the groundwork for the state’s probable cause case.
Ream said police were dispatched to the East 14th Street residence on the morning of July 9 following a 911 call from Wilma Youngblood, the victim’s wife. The detective said Van Youngblood was already deceased upon Ream’s arrival at the scene and that Timothy Youngblood was being detained after being discovered in the garage of the residence.
Ream said the elder Youngblood had been stabbed “multiple times by a sword-like weapon” that was taken from a military style shadowbox display in the family home. Ream said the glass had been broken and the sword removed from the display case.
Ream said Wilma Youngblood and Timothy Youngblood were each interviewed at the sheriff’s office following the incident. Ream said Wilma Youngblood told investigators that Timothy “has schizophrenia and was sick.”
Timothy Youngblood did speak with investigators, Ream said, but “his answer to several of our questions was that he had blacked out” following the incident. “He said that multiple times,” the detective said.
Donohue, during cross-examination, asked Ream if fingerprints or DNA specimens were collected at the crime scene. The detective said agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation did take some samples, but that the results of those tests have not yet been provided to investigators.
Warren concluded that probable cause does exist for the cast to move forward and bound the case over to common pleas court. Youngblood’s $1 million bond was continued.
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