VAN WERT — The man who police say caused severe burns to an unidentified female at a South Clay Street home in Delphos pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Van Wert Common Pleas Court to charges of attempted murder and arson.
David Youngpeter, 38, of Delphos, waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial on charges of attempted murder, a felony of the first degree; felonious assault, a second-degree felony; and two counts of aggravated arson, first- and second-degree felonies. Youngpeter told the court he needed additional time to prepare his case. A pre-trial hearing was set for Dec. 10.
He was arrested by Delphos police in connection with a Sept. 3 incident in which the female had sought treatment at Delphos Ambulatory Care for severe burns to both her legs. She reported to the medical staff that Youngpeter intentionally inflicted the burns to her body by dousing a room with gasoline and igniting it.
The victim, whose name has not been released by Delphos police, was taken to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center and was later transferred to the burn unit at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo for treatment of her injuries.
Youngpeter also suffered superficial burns to his upper body and was treated at the Lima hospital.
Youngpeter’s bond was continued at $250,000.