Police charge man in Whitfield County slaying

Police charge man in Whitfield County slaying

April 27th, 2012 by Todd South in News

Nearly four years after discovering the body, police have arrested a 62-year-old man indicted for murder in Whitfield County, Ga

Daniel Hank Yokley, of North High Street, Winchester, Tenn., is being held in the Franklin County Jail on charges of felony murder, aggravated battery, robbery and arson. Police arrested him Thursday.

A news release from Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood details some of the investigation:

On April 28, 2008, the Whitfield County 911 Center received a house fire call for a blaze at 3983 Chattanooga Road in Tunnel Hill, Ga.

Firefighters found the body of Billy John Malone, 88, a retired Tennessee state trooper, on the living room floor. An autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab revealed Malone had sustained a "large laceration" and "facial fractures."

Both a Whitfield County and a GBI investigator were assigned to the case, classified as a homicide.

Recently discovered evidence led investigators to seek an indictment from the Whitfield County grand jury, according to the release. On Thursday, the grand jury indicted Yokley, who previously had rented a residence from Malone.