Man Charged in Family Slayings Seeks Insanity Plea

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) – The attorney for a man who authorities say killed his mother and brother before shooting himself at the family’s Ohio farm says he plans to seek a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

The Repository in Canton reports the attorney on Monday requested another psychological evaluation of whether the 26-year-old defendant is competent for trial. A separate examination will determine if he was legally sane at the time of the 2017 slayings.

Jacob Stockdale is charged with murder in the fatal shootings of 54-year-old Kathryn Stockdale and 21-year-old James Stockdale. Prosecutors haven’t offered a motive.

A previous evaluation found Stockdale trial competent.

Jacob Stockdale performed with his father and slain brother in the bluegrass-themed Stockdale Family Band.

Kathryn Stockdale appeared on the reality show “Wife Swap” in 2008.

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