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Jacob Stockdale Biography
A Christian musician whose family appeared on Wife Swap allegedly made two attempts to escape from the mental hospital before his trial for the murder of his mother and brother.
Jacob Stockdale, 27, is charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Kathryn Stockdale, 54, and James Stockdale, 21.
The Christian musician shot himself after the murders, but survived.
Jacob shot dead his 21-year-old brother Jason and his 54-year-old mother Kathryn last June then turned the gun on himself but survived
Court documents obtained by TMZ allege that Stockdale twice attempted to escape from the psychiatric hospital where he was being held.
The first escape attempt occurred in November last year, when Stockdale tried to hide among stacks of books in the library, court documents allege.
Staff were concerned that he was trying to find a way out of the building.
A month later, Stockdale allegedly tried to escape again by hiding among a group of people leaving the hospital.
One of Stockdale’s attorneys told the publication that Stockdale has not been charged with attempted escape.
In January 2019, Stockdale pleaded guilty to insanity in Stark County court and suggested that he may not be competent to stand trial.
Stockdale’s defense attorney asked a judge to appoint a doctor to conduct a mental health evaluation to determine if he was legally sane at the time of the June 2017 killings.
Laurie Tonkovic, who looked after him on the show after trading places with Kathryn, said his strict upbringing caused him to ‘snap’.
‘When I changed the rules and was going to let them have fun, have TV and video games, and experience life a bit, [Jacob] ran out crying.
And when I came out after him, I asked him what was wrong with him and he told me that his mom and dad would tell him ‘he would burn in hell.
God gives you free will. Free will, they didn’t have it.
‘They were not allowed to make decisions. I think it just hit it, ” he told TMZ.
Police arrived at the family’s home after receiving a 911 call from someone who hung up.
As they approached the property, they heard a gunshot. They then found Jacob lying inside the door with a single gunshot wound to the head.
He was taken to the hospital and has been recovering ever since with the support of his father and the two remaining brothers.