LIMA — Following multiple psychiatric examinations, a man who police say stabbed his father to death with a sword more than a year ago has been deemed competent to stand trial.
Timothy Youngblood, 32, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Monday with his court-appointed attorney, Kirk McVay from the Ohio Public Defenders’ Office, and told Judge Jeffrey Reed he understood the ramifications of his latest psychiatric evaluation.
Youngblood is charged with murder in the death of his father, 65-year-old Van Youngblood, on July 9, 2018. Detectives determined the elder Youngblood had been stabbed “multiple times by a sword-like weapon” taken from a military-style shadowbox display in the family’s home at 311 E. 14th St. in Lima. Timothy Youngblood was taken into custody after being found in the garage of the residence.
Youngblood was indicted by the August 2018 term of an Allen County grand jury on two counts of murder, both unclassified felonies, and one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony. If convicted on either of the murder counts, he could face 15 years to life in prison.
In October of last year the court ruled Youngblood incompetent to stand trial but found him potentially restorable within one year of treatment. The Lima man was referred to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and was dispatched to the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo.
In April of this year, Reed said during Monday’s hearing, experts at the facility notified the court that they believed Youngblood had been fully restored to competency.
A second opinion independent evaluation was requested by the defense counsel and a July evaluation resulted in a similar finding from the Forensic Psychiatric Center of Western Ohio in Dayton.
A motion filed last year by Youngblood’s former attorney sought the court’s permission to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on behalf of the Lima man. Reed said that motion has been on hold pending other evaluations performed on Youngblood but is now a valid next step in the case.
Reed ordered Youngblood to undergo yet another psychiatric evaluation at the Dayton psychiatric center to address his mental health at the time of the alleged incident and how it pertains to his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
A Nov. 1 pre-trial was scheduled.