Judge denies bond for Lufkin radio station owner

Stephen Yates mug shot courtesy of Polk County Jail.
Stephen Yates mug shot courtesy of Polk County Jail.

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - (KTRE) - A Polk County district judge has denied bond to a Lufkin radio station owner accused of violating his probation for a third DWI conviction in 2007.

Stephen Yates, 52, of Lufkin, will be transferred back to the Polk County Jail at least until May 16, when a hearing will be held to determine whether District Judge Elizabeth Coker will grant the state's request to revoke his probation.

While the judge denied setting a bond for Yates on Monday, testimony could not be heard in the courtroom, as the judge did not allow members of the media close enough to hear most of the hearing.

Yates' defense attorney, Don Duran, called one witness on his behalf, a woman whose connection to Yates is unclear.  She testified that his kids needed him at home.  Duran also assured the judge he would abide by any other conditions she could impose.

However, the judge did not seem receptive, and ultimately, denied bond for Yates.  The decision sending him back to the Polk County jail cell he's called home for the past 11 days.

Yates is accused of violating his probation for a 2007 driving while intoxicated conviction by operating a vehicle which was not furnished with a breathalyzer.

He has been on a 10-year probation sentence since the 2007 conviction.

Yates owns Yates Broadcasting, which transmits five stations over the air from its downtown Lufkin location.

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