Man Charged In Deadly Double Shooting Calm And Polite Days Before Arrest

Darrell Wayne Parker (Jail photo)
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LITTLE RIVER (January 17, 2013)- Just days before he was arrested and charged in connection with his parents murder, neighbors say they had never seen 42-year-old Darrell Wayne Parker so polite and friendly.

Parker was jailed Wednesday, charged with one count of capital murder in the shooting deaths of his mother and stepfather, whose bodies were found Tuesday morning in their rural Bell County home.

A second capital murder charge will likely be filed against Parker in the deaths of former high school and middle school coach Chuck Youngblood, 62, and his wife Cathy, 63, authorities said Wednesday.

He's held in lieu of $1 million bond.

The Bell County Sheriff's office has been interviewing Parker for the past 2 days, yet no motive has been tied to the Youngblood murders.

But Parker's neighbors shed some light for News 10 on Thursday. Shane Allen, who has known Parker for 3 years, spent time with him just days before he was arrested and charged.

"He was very calm and polite," Allen said.

"It seemed like he was feeling good, like maybe he just got some good fortune."

The Bell County Sheriff's Office says the last time anyone saw Chuck and Cathy was last Thursday. Allen says Parker was driving a grey Chevrolet Trailblazer that same day. According to Allen, Parker said his parents gave it to him.

"I thought 'lucky him', you know, his parents giving him a car," Allen said.

Acting on information provided by neighbors, deputies arrested Parker Wednesday at a home in Little River-Academy, where the couple's missing grey Chevrolet Trail Blazer was found.

Investigators have not recovered the weapon used in the shootings, authorities said, and no motive has been determined.

One of Parker's neighbors told News 10 that police were searching for a gun near Parker's home earlier this week.

Investigators also haven't determined when the Youngbloods were shot.

Details have been hard to come by in the early stages of this investigation. Meanwhile, Allen says he's still trying to swallow the fact that the man who's lived next to him could be a murderer.

"To think someone was that calm, and then I find out his parents have been dead for a day or so? I mean, where does your mind go?" Allen said.

Deputies found the bodies Tuesday morning inside the couple's 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.

The Youngbloods, who both were shot repeatedly, were pronounced dead at the scene and autopsies were ordered.

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 Wednesday.

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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday 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.