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Brother in family bluegrass band accused of killing mother and brother turns himself in to police

Musician arrested for family double homicide
Musician arrested for family double homicide
Posted at 8:35 AM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 08:35:51-04

A man accused of killing his mother and brother in their home in Stark County last year has turned himself in to the Stark County Sheriff's Office, authorities said.

Jacob Timothy Stockdale, 26, turned himself in to authorities on Thursday after a county grand jury issued a secret indictment against him.

Jacob Stockdale has been recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound since he allegedly killed his mother Kathryn Barbara Stockdale, 54, and his brother James William Stockdale, 21, inside their Bethlehem Township home on June 15, 2017.

Jacob is charged with two counts of murder and a firearm specification in connection to the killings of his mother and brother, according to the sheriff's office.

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"It is our hope that this arrest offers some closure to the Stockdale family and the entire community,” said Sheriff George Maier in a press release.

James and Jacob Stockdale were members of the Stockdale Family Band, a bluegrass group formed in 2004 that prided itself on sharing bluegrass north of the Mason-Dixon line, according to the band website.

The band website also stated that the mother appeared on the reality TV show Wife Swap. According to the episode description, Kathy home- schooled the boys and insisted "they adhere to wholesome values, untainted by modern culture. The boys have little or no interaction with the outside world, and dating is out of the question..."