Defendants in Ripley County murders waive preliminary hearings - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Defendants in Ripley County murders waive preliminary hearings

Posted: Updated:
Loyd and Irene Piatt Loyd and Irene Piatt
Bonnie Chase and Edgar Atkinson Bonnie Chase and Edgar Atkinson
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Ex-prison employee pleads guilty to rape

    Ex-prison employee pleads guilty to rape

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:35 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:35:01 GMT
    A former Bell County Forestry Camp employee has pleaded guilty to charge of rape.
    A former Bell County Forestry Camp employee has pleaded guilty to charge of rape.
  • Police: Mom left child at pool, smoked crack

    Police: Mom left child at pool, smoked crack

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:34 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:34:04 GMT
    A Kentucky sheriff says a woman left her 9-year-old daughter alone at a hotel pool while she smoked crack cocaine in a hotel room.
    A Kentucky sheriff says a woman left her 9-year-old daughter alone at a hotel pool while she smoked crack cocaine in a hotel room.
  • Route 13 traffic shifted to new Marion overpass

    Route 13 traffic shifted to new Marion overpass

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:09 AM EDT2014-07-22 11:09:15 GMT
    Eastbound traffic is moving smoothly up and over the newly constructed overpass on Route 13 near the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion.Crews started slowly shifting traffic onto the new overpass Monday night, and worked overnight to move barriers and temporary guard rails to help drivers navigate the new traffic pattern.Westbound lanes will also move onto the new overpass as crews continue work on the project.“Both lanes of traffic will use that structure until they get the adjacent structu...
    Eastbound traffic is moving smoothly up and over the newly constructed overpass on Route 13 near the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion.Crews started slowly shifting traffic onto the new overpass Monday night, and worked overnight to move barriers and temporary guard rails to help drivers navigate the new traffic pattern.Westbound lanes will also move onto the new overpass as crews continue work on the project.“Both lanes of traffic will use that structure until they get the adjacent structu...
RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

They stand accused of murdering four senior citizens and burning down their homes. 

On Tuesday David Youngblood, his daughter Chantale Youngblood, and Keith Boyles went before a judge in Ripley County. 

They are accused of killing Loyd and Irene Piatt in June of 2010, and Edgar Atkinson and Bonnie Chase in July of 2010.

Each defendant waived his/her rights to a preliminary hearing. Their cases will now head to the Circuit Court level where the process starts all over again.

They made their way to the Ripley County Courthouse from three different directions.

Keith Boyles arrived first. He is charged with four counts of first degree murder and four counts of armed criminal action.

Chantale Youngblood faces the same charges, as well as her father David Youngblood.

"It's been almost two years, will be two years the end of June since the Piatt's death, said Imetta Farrar. "It's taken forever."

Imetta Farrar, a relative of Loyd and Irene Piatt, wants justice. She is growing weary with the system.

"I want to get it behind us, and go on with the rest of everything," said Farrar.

 It all began with the Piatt's back in June of 2010. They were found dead in their burned home. No one suspected foul play until a month later, when Edgar Atkinson and Bonnie Chase were also found dead in their burned home.

The Piatt's bodies were exhumed, and their deaths ruled homicides.

Irene's nephew David Youngblood, his daughter Chantale and Keith Boyles are all charged in connection with both cases.

Melissa Youngblood, David's wife, is charged in connection with the Atkinson/Chase murders. She goes on trial next month in Shannon County.

"One thing about it, I really believe we have the right people and one of these days they'll answer to their deeds," said Ripley County Sheriff Ron Barnett.

No comment on camera today from the defendants, or their family members in the courtroom.

David Youngblood, Chantale Youngblood, and Keith Boyles will be arraigned next month.

Copyright 2012 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.