Zackery Youngs appeared in front of Judge Linda Bauer in Jefferson County Court Wednesday morning, facing seven charges, five of which are felonies: one count of using a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a class 2 felony, strangulation, a class 3A felony, three counts of terroristic threats, class 3A felonies, domestic assault, a class 1 misdemeanor, and criminal mischief, a class 3 misdemeanor.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on Oct. 19 there was a fight between Youngs and his significant other in which he told her he was going to kill her and, “put her on the ground and put both of his hands on her throat and squeezed.” The victim blacked out. A friend took her to receive outpatient treatment in Beatrice, but when she returned, she found Youngs sitting inside the house with a knife in his hand. Allegedly, Youngs told her he was going to kill her and took her to the ground and squeezed her neck until she blacked out. The victim also stated that Youngs bit her thumb, which the officer observed had two visible cuts on it.
On Oct. 20, according to the affidavit, the Fairbury Police Department received a call that a man had thrown a brick at a vehicle at 816 K Street, and left the scene, running south on K Street and possibly west on Seventh Street. Officers searched for the man based on the description they received, but were unable to locate him.
Youngs’ significant other and another witness arrived at the Fairbury Police Department to report an assault, the affidavit explained. They reported that Youngs allegedly called his significant other to pick him up near Central School in Fairbury. When he got into the passenger side of his significant other’s vehicle, he allegedly had a pocket knife in his hand. His significant other reported that he put the knife to her throat and told her to drive in the country. She stated that he also had a screwdriver and that he threatened to stab her. She asked him to let her go, which is when Youngs put his hand around her throat.
“She said Zackery punched her in the head at least eight times and when she would try to push him away, he would hit her harder and squeeze her throat harder,” the report stated.
According to the report a witness saw Youngs hit her and tried to act when Youngs threatened their life. Youngs’ significant other parked in the alley behind the house located at 816 K Street, where she exited the vehicle and ran into the backdoor, screaming for help.
According to the witness’ report, he went outside to take Youngs’ significant other to the Police Department, when Youngs threatened to kill him. The officer observed a variety of injuries on Youngs’ significant other.
Youngs contacted the Fairbury Police Department, denying the allegations. In the affidavit, the officer stated he arrested Youngs later that day. Youngs’ bond was set at $35,000, 10 percent.
In County Court on Wednesday, Youngs’ lawyer, Ben Murray, asked for a reduction in bond for his client so that Youngs could seek treatment. County Attorney Jeffrey Goltz argued against changing the bond.
“It does seem that there has been an escalation of behavior,” Goltz said. “This is a rather serious matter. If the defendant cannot meet the bond, which I believe is entirely appropriate, I’m not necessarily sympathetic. It wouldn’t be a bad thing for the community if he’s unable to make his bond, and it may keep Mr. Youngs out of further trouble.”
Judge Bauer agreed and the bond remained at $35,000, 10 percent.