LIMA — A Lima man charged with murder for allegedly stabbing his father with a sword in July 2018 formally waived his constitutional right to a speedy trial Monday.
Timothy Youngblood, 33, had originally been scheduled to stand trial beginning Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court, but that trial date had been vacated several weeks ago after the results of multiple psychiatric examinations led mental health experts to deem Youngblood competent to stand trial.
Youngblood appeared in court on Monday with his court-appointed attorney, Kirk McVay from the Ohio Public Defenders’ Office, and waived his speedy trial rights. Judge Jeffrey Reed set a tentative new trial date for April 14 and said pre-trials would be scheduled as needed as prosecutors and McVay “continue their discussions on how to best resolve the case.”
Youngblood is charged with murder in the death of his father, 65-year-old Van Youngblood, on July 9, 2018. Detectives say the elder Youngblood was 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., 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.