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Arrest made in 4-year-old murder case

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TUNNEL HILL, WHITFIELD COUNTY -

(WRCB) – Whitfield County deputies have made an arrest in a four-year-old homicide case.

According to investigators, On April 28, 2008, the body of 88-year-old Billy John Malone, a retired Tennessee State Trooper, was discovered by firefighters after extinguishing a fire at his Chattanooga Road home in Tunnel Hill.

During an autopsy, the GBI medical examiner determined that Malone had a large cut on his face and several facial fractures they said were inconsistent with a fall or other self-inflicted injury.

Investigators say within a few days they had been able to piece together that a robbery was motivation for the murder and the fire had been set to cover up the crime.

Deputies say they had reason to believe then-58-year-old Daniel Hank Yokley, of Winchester, Tennessee, had committed the crime, but admit they didn't have enough evidence to charge him.  Investigators say Yokley had known Malone for years and had even rented a home from him in Tennessee.

After several trips to Tennessee, investigators say they recently discovered new evidence in the crime and were able to get the Grand Jury in Whitfield County to indict Yokley for the murder and warrants were issued.

With warrant in hand, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested Yokley on Thursday in Winchester, nearly four years to the day after the murder.

Yokley is charged with felony murder, aggravated battery, robbery, and arson. He is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail, awaiting extradition to Georgia.

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