Tahlequah Daily Press

March 20, 2013

Hearing set for man on long list of charges

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Hulbert man facing a lengthy list of felony charges in Cherokee County District Court is set for a preliminary hearing on several cases next June.

Justin Lee Yandell, 34, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance in March 2012; possession of CDS in January 2012; first-degree burglary in January 2012; indecent exposure in December 2011; intimidating a witness in December 2011; and endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine in September 2011.

Prosecutors this week asked a judge to set a preliminary hearing on some of Yandell’s cases, and a judge later set a preliminary hearing for June 5 at 9 a.m.

Prosecutors allege Yandell was manufacturing meth in 2011, and was subsequently arrested at the home where the components were found. Later that year, Yandell allegedly went to the home of a former sheriff’s deputy, who was involved in the September arrest, and rammed the officer’s truck. Yandell also allegedly tried to kick in the door to the deputy’s home.

In December 2011, Yandell was again arrested after he allegedly exposed himself while walking in Hulbert.

Yandell was then jailed after he allegedly broke into the home of George and Lisa Truitt in Hulbert on Christmas morning of 2011. Yandell was found in the Truitts’ kitchen and later left the area before he was picked up by police. Authorities said Yandell had tried to get into a house in the Norwood area before he went to the Truitts’ home, and then went to at least one other house before he was arrested.

In February 2012, authorities arrested Yandell and several others at a home where meth was allegedly being produced and sold. Court records show other charges filed against Yandell in the past include obstructing an officer, false personation, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of a controlled drug.