Christian musician whose family appeared on Wife Swap when he was a teen, claims diminished capacity on the day he murdered his mother and brother
Jacob Stockdale, 26, on Thursday entered an insanity plea for killing his mom Katryn Stockdale, 54, and 21-year-old brother, Jason Stockdale in 2017
After shooting the pair, he shot himself in the head but survived
Stockdale was charged with the murders in September and pleaded not guilty
A grand jury decided the death penalty was not applicable in his case
Prosecutors are yet to suggest a motive for the double murder
Last year, the woman who looked after Jacob on the show said his strict religious upbringing made him ‘snap’
The family appeared in 2008 episode of the hit ABC series Wife Swap
Domestic homicide suspect: Jacob Stockdale on Thursday entered an insanity plea for in the fatal shooting of his mother and brother in 2017
Almost a decade later, in June of 2017, 24-year-old Jacob Stockdale fatally shot his 54-year-old mother Kathryn Stockdale and his younger brother James Stockdale, 21.
The Christian musician turned the gun on himself after the killings, but survived. Jacob, now 26, is charged with murder in the killings.
On Thursday, Stockdale entered the insanity plea in Stark County Court and suggested that he might not be competent to stand trial, reported TMZ.
Stockdale’s defense attorney asked a judge to appoint a doctor to conduct a mental health evaluation to determine whether he was legally sane at the time of the June, 2017 slayings.
A previous evaluation found Stockdale competent.
Killed: Jacob Stockdale shot dead his 21-year-old brother Jason [left] and his 54-year-old mother Kathryn [right] in June, 2017, then turned the gun on himself. He failed in his suicide bid
Stockdale has spent the last year undergoing rehabilitation and medical treatment for his brain and head injuries resulting from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In September, after recovering, Stockdale was charged with the murders.
Last month, a grand jury had decided not to apply the death penalty in his case. Stockdale remains in custody.
At the time that he appeared on Wife Swap, Jacob was just a teenager.
His family was memorable because of their strict Christian faith and because they had formed a band together.
He is one of four but two of his brothers and his father were not at home when he opened fire last year. Neighbors said they heard between 10 and 12 shots between at the family’s 150-year-old farm.