April 27, 2013

Rape defendant set for trial

Other cases continued

Rachel Brown

— A Tunnel Hill man accused of raping a homeless woman in December 2011 is scheduled for trial in a little over a week.

Floyd Earnest Youngblood was 45 and living at 3762 Chattanooga Road when the Dalton Police Department charged him in October 2012 with rape, sodomy and making false statements to law officers. Officials said they made the arrest after DNA testing connected Youngblood to the incident.

Youngblood remains in the Whitfield County jail without bond. He is scheduled for trial in Judge Cindy Morris’ courtroom on May 6.

According to a statement from the police department after his arrest, “Youngblood met the alleged victim, a homeless woman, near Providence Ministries where she’d been camping. The woman told investigators that Youngblood offered to let her stay at his apartment for the night so she could be warm and dry. When she agreed, Youngblood walked with the woman to a storage building behind Bry-Man’s Plaza near downtown Dalton” where he forced her to have sex with him.

Youngblood’s attorney, Jerry Moncus, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Several other cases were continued to later trial calendars before Morris. Calendar call for defendants to say if they are ready for the Aug. 5 trial week is July 18.

Continued cases include:

• James Smith, the former Varnell police officer charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving in a collision a year ago that killed Leon Thurman, a contract newspaper carrier for The Daily Citizen. Smith is scheduled for an August trial.

• Jody Michael Stokes, a Rocky Face man charged with electronically furnishing obscene materials to minors after police said he was sending “explicit” text messages to an underage girl and propositioning her for sex about two years ago. Stokes is scheduled for an August trial.

• Daniel Hank Yokley, a Tennessee man charged in the 2008 death of William “B.J.” or “Billy” Malone. Malone was a retired Tennessee state trooper who lived in Tunnel Hill. Yokley faces charges of aggravated battery, robbery, first degree arson and three counts of murder. Yokley is on the August trial calendar.

• Justin Wade Dunn, a Whitfield County man charged with aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and four counts of child molestation for alleged acts last year against an underage girl whose father caught some of the acts on video, according to authorities. Dunn is scheduled to be back in court June 14.