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Columbia man accused of trying to rape local woman

By Calen McKinney

 

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A Columbia man has been accused of attempting to rape and assault a woman in Taylor County.

Joel C. Yarberry, 28, of 623 TP Cundiff Road, was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

He was charged with criminal attempt of first-degree rape, second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest and third-degree criminal mischief.

According to the indictment, Yarberry was arrested on Dec. 5. The charges against him stem from a domestic disturbance at a Vintage Lane home. Court records state that Campbellsville Police Officer Daniel Forbis was called to the Vintage Lane home at 5:30 a.m. A witness at the scene told Forbis that he and Yarberry, who is his girlfriend’s former boyfriend, had gotten into an argument when Yarberry came to the Vintage Lane home.

When Forbis and Campbellsville Police Officer Dexter Colvin entered a bedroom at the home, records state, they heard the woman screaming for help. Yarberry allegedly pulled his pants down and had her pinned on a bed face down and was attempting to have sex with her.

A $40,000 property bond was set. If convicted, Yarberry could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

Also Indicted:

• Corie W. Barnett, 37, of 419 Bowman St. in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree criminal abuse of a victim younger than 12, acquiring income or property from the sale of a controlled substance and selling less than 8 ounces of marijuana. If convicted, Barnett could be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison.

• Andrew T. Edwards, 27, of 71 Smith Ridge Road in Campbellsville, was charged with three counts of second-degree assault and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. If convicted, Edwards could be sentenced to as much as 30 years in prison. 

• Stephanie E. McCarty, 26, of 239 Warren Place in Campbellsville, and James R. Cowherd, 31, of 1521 Columbia Ave. in Greensburg, were charged with more than $500 but less than $10,000 in fraudulent use of a credit card and theft by unlawful taking less than $500. McCarty was also charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

If convicted, McCarty and Cowherd could each be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• Thomas M. Grammer, 25, of 55 Timothy Trail in Campbellsville, was charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $500. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.