Yates hearing reset for Dec. 17

Stephen Yates (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Stephen Yates (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin businessman and owner of a radio company Stephen Yates will have to wait three more weeks to learn his fate on an alleged probation violation after his hearing was reset Monday morning.

Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon said he has filed a motion to revoke Yates' probation following a domestic disturbance last month. However, Hon was busy with a murder trial Monday and had to reset Yates' hearing. It is now set for Dec. 17.

Yates' troubled past with the law dates back to 1979. He is currently on a 10-year probation sentence which began in 2007 following his fourth DWI conviction out of Polk County.

Yates, 55, was arrested for violating his probation in April 2011, after he was caught driving a vehicle which id not have a breathalyzer in it. In May 2011, he was released on stricter conditions to his probation, which included surrendering his driver's licence until his probation was over.

On Oct. 30, Yates was arrested after Lufkin police said he threw his girlfriend, Savanna Marberry, to the ground and pushed her and grabbed her throat. He was released later that day after posting a $1,500 bail.

According to the Lufkin police report, an officer saw a BMW M6 traveling southbound on South Timberland Drive at the intersection of Chestnut Street at 7:32 p.m. Monday. the officer stopped him and said Yates was driving the vehicle and learned he had a warrant out of Polk County for his arrest.

Yates is currently out on a $50,000 bail.

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