Stephen Yates domestic violence trial to start March 25th

Jury selection for the Stephen Yates domestic violence trial wrapped up around noon Wednesday afternoon. A trial start date of March 25 has been set by Judge Derek Flournoy of Angelina County Court at law #2.

Yates is charged with assault family violence after Lufkin police alleged that Yates assaulted his girlfriend back in October of 2013.

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 did not have a breathalyzer in it. In May 2011, he was released on stricter conditions to his probation, which included surrendering his driver's license until his probation was over.

On Oct. 30, 2013, 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. March 10 . The officer stopped him and said Yates was driving the vehicle and learned he had a warrant out of Polk County for his arrest.

The warrant was issued after the Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon learned of the assault charge.

Part of Yates' terms in his probation were that he could not have any contact with Marberry.

Yates' status in the community is still unclear.

In December of last year, it was reported that Yates was in negotiations to sale the five radio stations under the Yates Media name to Pentagon Broadcasting. Today, the Yates Media web site is blank. Calls to Pentagon Broadcasting were not returned.

Yates is set to be in court in Polk County on March 24, but according to Polk County Adult Probation Office it is possible that the case may be moved due to the trial in Angelina County.

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