Ringgold Man Who Shot Teen In His Yard Dies Suddenly At 69

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Ringgold man who shot and killed a teen who was apparently stealing scrap metal from his yard has died suddenly.

Fred Steven Youngblood, who was not charged in the death of Dalton McConathy, died Tuesday at the age of 69.

The incident happened last Nov. 11 when the 16-year-old and another teen were at the Youngblood property. Youngblood said he fired because the teens were charging at him.

Dalton McConathy suffered a fatal shot to the neck.

Attorney McCracken Poston said Wednesday, "The family of Dalton McConathy would have preferred that Mr. Youngblood had lived to face justice for the unjustified murder of Dalton. Between the failure of the prosecution to charge him and this recent development, the family now mourns the now permanent denial of the application of justice.

"The McConathy family does, however, offer condolences to the family of Mr. Youngblood for their personal loss."

Youngblood died at a local hospital. 

He had lived most of his life in North Georgia and he retired from DuPont with over 40 years of service. He was described as an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed big game hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his brother, Frank (Merrie Lynn) Youngblood of Rossville; sister, Joyce (Doyle) Bright of Cedar Bluff, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

A gathering of friends will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory.

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