‘Wife Swap’ Son Jacob Stockdale Charged With Killing His Mother and Brother

Stockdale will reportedly not face the death penalty

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Jacob Stockdale, who appeared on an episode of “Wife Swap,” has been charged with killing his mother and younger brother, according to multiple media reports.

Per TMZ, the 26-year-old is being charged with shooting his mom, Kathryn, and younger brother, James. Stockdale had plead not guilty to the two murder charges. TMZ reported that Stockdale will not face the death penalty, but does face life in prison if convicted.

TheWrap has been unable to reach prosecutor’s office for Stark County in Ohio, where Stockdale was arraigned. 

Responding to a 911 call on June 15, 2017, deputies found Kathryn and her son James dead on the scene. Jacob was transported to a Cleveland hospital for treatment of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to TMZ, the episode aired in 2008.

The Stockdale family is known for playing bluegrass in Ohio under the moniker The Stockdale Family Band.

In the episode of “Wife Swap” in question: “Fed up with city living and mass culture, Kathy and Tim Stockdale moved to Ohio to a 150-year-old farm to begin a new, wholesome life. They have given their boys life skills that include clog-dancing and raising their own vegetables and meat.” The family’s website has been taken down.