LIMA — A Lima man charged with murder in the 2018 stabbing death of his father with a sword on Monday waived his right to a jury trial.
Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed will now be the sole trier of facts when the trial of Timothy Youngblood gets underway on Aug. 11.
Youngblood, 33, appeared at Monday’s final pre-trial hearing with his court-appointed attorney, Kirk McVay from the Ohio Public Defenders’ Office. In open court Youngblood signed a document waiving his right to a jury trial.
The waiver “means you will be tried directly by me,” Reed told Youngblood, with the advisement that the defendant’s decision could be reversed anytime before the beginning of trial.
The judge also said that Youngblood’s plea of not guilty by reason of insanity would be decided solely by the court and not by a jury of his peers.
Multiple psychiatric examinations have determined that Youngblood, who police say stabbed his father to death with a military-style word at the family’s home at 311 E. 14th St. in Lima more than two years ago, is competent to stand trial.
Police say his father, 65-year-old Van Youngblood, was stabbed multiple times with the weapon that was taken from a shadowbox in the home.
The son 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 2018 the court ruled him incompetent to stand trial but found him potentially restorable within one year of treatment. He was referred to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and was dispatched to the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo.
In April 2019 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 that evaluation resulted in a similar finding from the Forensic Psychiatric Center of Western Ohio in Dayton.