Bluegrass musician from 'devoutly religious' family fatally shoots mother, brother before trying to kill self
26-year-old Jacob Timothy Stockdale had been recovering from brain injuries he sustained during his failed attempt to take his own life after he killed his mother and brother
An Ohio bluegrass musician who recently recovered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head is now facing murder charges for the 2017 deaths of his mother and brother. The musician's family had appeared on an episode of the ABC show 'Wife Swap'.
Grand jurors indicted 26-year-old Jacob Timothy Stockdale on charges of murder after he fatally shot his brother, 21-year-old James William Stockdale, and his mother, 54-year-old Kathryn Barbara Stockdale. The musician turned himself in after the indictment.
On June 15, 2017, dispatch received a 911 hangup call from a residence in Beach City, Ohio. As officers responded to the scene, they heard a single gun blast, as per a statement from investigators obtained by People. According to the statement, police officers rushed inside the house and found Jacob Stockdale on the floor. He was bleeding profusely from the head but was still alive at the time.
Law enforcement alleged that Stockdale fatally shot his mother and brother before attempting to kill himself. However, police are yet to release information concerning a possible motive for the double homicide.
That said, the bluegrass musician was recovering from brain injuries he sustained during his failed attempt to take his own life. He was in the hospital since the shootings and was only recently discharged.
According to a statement from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, Stockdale has pleaded not guilty to the two murder counts. He was also charged with a firearm specification, the Sheriff's office revealed.
Stark County Sheriff George Maier explained in a statement, “It is our hope that this arrest offers some closure to the Stockdale family and the entire community." Having said that, Stockdale faces 15 years to life in prison for each murder charge, if convicted.
Stockdale, James, and their father Timothy were members of the Stockdale Family Band, a bluegrass group.
The Stockdale family was featured on an episode of 'Wife Swap' in 2008. The show calls two families with completely different backgrounds for a two-week period and the wives are swapped for the said duration. The Stockdales were shown to be "devoutly religious" in the TV segment, with a self-imposed ban on video games, curse words, and even television, People reports.