Darrell Wayne Parker (Jail photo)
BELTON (January 29, 2014) Jurors returned a guilty verdict Wednesday morning in Belton in the capital murder trial of Darrell Wayne Parker, 43, who’s accused of shooting his mother and stepfather to death.
The state was not seeking the death penalty, so Parker was automatically sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A court-appointed defender was named to represent him during the appeals process.
Both sides rested Tuesday after one day of testimony.
A nine-woman, three-man jury was seated Monday.
Deputies found the bodies of former high school and middle school coach Chuck Youngblood, 62, and his wife Cathy, 63 on Jan. 15, 2013, inside their home at 13127 Willow Grove Rd. after responding to request for a welfare check from a Temple Daily Telegram reporter who knew the Youngbloods and was concerned because she hadn't been able to reach them.
Acting on information provided by neighbors, deputies arrested Parker the next day at a home in Little River-Academy, where the couple's missing Chevrolet Trail Blazer was found.
He remains in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond, charged with capital murder of multiple persons.
In a written statement, Parker said he shot the Youngbloods on Jan. 10, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, one day after his stepfather’s 63rd birthday.
The Youngbloods, who both were shot repeatedly, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Chuck Youngblood was a former head football coach at Evant ISD.
Youngblood also coached at Carver Middle School in Waco from 2003 until January 2009, district spokesman Dale Caffey said.
He left Waco to join the Beeville ISD, Caffey said.
From 2000 to 2002 he was a special education teacher in the Belton ISD, the district confirmed, and from 2002 to 2003 he worked for the Lorena ISD.
Cathy Youngblood had worked at Texcell Credit Union in Temple for more than 15 years.
Her supervisor, Amy Merriman, remembered her as an exceptional person liked and respected by all of the staff.
She was named staff member of the quarter in the second quarter of 2012, Merriman said.