Bell County man sentenced to life in prison for murdering mom, stepdad
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 10:14pm
bell county, tx — A Bell County man was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole on Wednesday morning.
The trial for Darrell Wayne Paker, accused of shooting and killing his mother and stepfather, began on Monday.
Last January, Parker admitted that he shot and killed the couple, according to an arrest affidavit from the Bell County Sheriff's Office.
Parker was formally charged with capital murder January 16. The preliminary autopsy report shows the couple, who was found dead on Tuesday morning, January 15, in the living room of their Bell County home, was shot in each of their heads, killing them.
According to Lieutenant Donnie Adams of the Sheriff's Department, a welfare call came in around 8:30 a.m., on January 15, from a friend of the deceased, who worked for the Temple newspaper. Adams said the woman had been trying to reach the couple for several days, but to no avail. The woman then called the constable's office, who contacted the sheriff's department. The sheriff's department then sent out a deputy to the home, located at 13127 Willow Grove Road and discovered the bodies.
Upon further investigation, officers noticed the couple's Chevy Trailblazer was missing from the home. The SUV was later discovered near Little River. At that point, Parker was arrested.
"We are pretty confident this is a family offense, that we don't have anybody at large or a stranger breaking and entering. And, we feel that we have a person in custody, that we'll be charging," said Adams.
Justice of the Peace Barfield pronounced Chuck Youngblood, 63, and his wife, Cathy Youngblood, 62 dead on the scene and ordered autopsies for the bodies at the Southwest Institute for Forensic Science in Dallas.