Yohn, Blackledge must submit to DNA cheek swab

Bradley Yohn of Springfield, Illinois (left) | Karen Blackledge of Quincy, Illinois (right).
Bradley Yohn of Springfield, Illinois (left) | Karen Blackledge of Quincy, Illinois (right).(Adams County Sheriffs Office)
Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 10:12 AM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - Bradley Yohn and Karen Blackledge will have to submit to a cheek swab for DNA testing, Adams County Judge Tad Brenner ruled Monday morning.

Prosecutors filed a motion Nov. 18 requesting the swabs.

Yohn and Blackledge appeared separately in court Monday. Assistant Public Defender John Citro, attorney for Yohn, and Assistant Public Defender Christopher Pratt, attorney for Blackledge, each opposed motions by Assistant State’s Attorney Laura Keck to hold the cases over for grand jury proceedings.

Brenner agreed with the prosecutor’s motion and set a preliminary hearing date for Yohn at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and for Blackledge at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1.

Yohn, 34, of Springfield, Illinois, faces two counts of home invasion, one count of aggravated kidnapping, one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking, one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault, all Class X felonies, and residential burglary, a Class 1 felony. Those charges are in connection with a Nov. 9 incident that allegedly began along the North Bottom Road.

He also faces felony charges in two other cases. He was charged with vehicular hijacking stemming from an Oct. 31 incident, and he faces charges of residential burglary, a Class 1 felony; two counts of theft or unauthorized control of property over $500 but under $10,000, Class 3 felonies; and criminal sexual abuse, a Class 4 felony. Those charges stem from an Oct. 14 incident.

Blackledge, 32, of Quincy, faces two counts of home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated vehicular hijacking, residential burglary and aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Both are being held at the Adams County Jail.

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