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Son, stepson of Bell County homicide victims charged with capital murder

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:21pm

The son of a homicide victim has been charged with capital murder for the death of her and her husband, which is the suspect's stepfather. He is in jail on a one million dollar bond.

Darrell Wayne Parker was formally charged late Wednesday afternon. The preliminary autopsy report shows the couple, who was found dead Tuesday morning in the living room of their Bell County home, was shot to death.

According to Lieutenant Donnie Adams of the Sheriff's Department, a welfare call came in around 8:30 a.m., on Tuesday, 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.

Authorities are still unsure as to how long the couple has been dead.

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