CANTON — A Bethlehem Township man has been indicted on murder charges in the shooting deaths of his mother and brother at the family's Bethlehem Township farm.
Jacob Stockdale turned himself in Thursday afternoon at the Stark County Sheriff's Office after a county grand jury issued a secret indictment.
The indictment alleges that on June 15, 2017, Stockdale, purposefully killed his mother, Kathryn Stockdale, 54, and younger brother, James, 21, at the family home in the Beach City area, according to a news release issued by Stark County Prosecutor John Ferrero.
Stockdale then turned the gun on himself, according to investigators. As a result of the gunshot wound, Stockdale underwent extensive medical treatment.
Recently, the prosecutor's office learned that Stockdale's recovery had progressed to the extent that he can walk and communicate with others.
Subsequently, the case was presented to the grand jury. Stockdale will be arraigned Friday in Stark County Common Pleas Court on two counts of murder with firearm specifications. Each count of murder carries a prison term of 15 years to life if he's convicted.
The two brothers played together in the popular Stockdale Family Band along with their father, Timothy, and other older brothers over the years. The group performed bluegrass music at county fairs and other venues. Jacob started fiddling at a young age and took home many accolades, including Ohio Grand Fiddle Champion in 2012.
On June 15, 2017, Stark County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 hang-up call from the Stockdales' Dolphin Street SW property. As they approached the home, they heard a gunshot and found Jacob on the floor in the doorway of the home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Days after the shooting, the Stockdales' eldest son, Calvin, said he did not know why Jacob took the lives of his mother and youngest brother.
He said the family loved him and forgave him, asking for prayers for his brother's healing.
At the time of the shooting, James had been enrolled in business management classes at the Kent State University Stark and Tuscarawas campuses, hoping to pursue the business side of the entertainment world.
Kathryn was manager of the family band and was featured on the ABC reality TV show "Wife Swap" in 2008. Her family said she was a loving mother and grandmother.