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On the evening of August 3, 2022, Deputies of the Benton County Sheriff's Office and Agents of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrested thirty-four year old Samantha Faith Bevans of Palo, Iowa for the death of Jodie Bevans. On the morning of August 4, 2022, thirty-eight year old Tacoa Talley of North Liberty, Iowa was also arrested for the death of Bevans.

Jodie Bevans was found unresponsive in her residence of3397 64th Street Palo, IAon July 15, 2022. An autopsy was performed by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner and ruled the cause of Bevans' death as-Undetermined and the Manner of Death-Homicide.

Samantha Faith Bevans and Tacoa Talley have been charged with Murder in the 1st Degree under Iowa Criminal code 707.2(1)(A).

If convicted of Murder in the 1st Degree, the State of Iowa mandates a life sentence in the penal institution; without the possibility of parole. Bevans is currently housed in the Benton County Jail and Talley is currently housed in the Scott County Jail.

"In a criminal complaint, officials said Samantha Bevans had made threats to harm Jodie, who was her step-mother. Investigators said they also found a note, written by Samantha, that listed for Thursday to, "Kill Jodie."

The criminal complaint also said Samantha admitted to police that she killed Jodie with an accomplice on July 14. Officials reported that a search warrant return on Snap Chat also revealed Samantha had created a video in which she admitted to planning the killing. Witnesses also told law enforcement they had overheard Samantha describing the killing, with Jodie having been choked and suffocated with a pillow." Source.

This is an ongoing criminal investigation conducted by the Benton County Sheriff's Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Department of Public Safety's Criminalistics Laboratory, Benton County Medical Examiner's Office, Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, Benton County Attorney's Office and the Iowa Attorney General's Office.

A mugshot of Bevans is not available at the time of publication.


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carrie ellyson August 4, 2022, 5:15 pm where is the mug shot for Samantha?? I don't see why her face isn't posted as well.

Editor's Note: the last line of the story...still waiting for it...
Joyce Harvey August 4, 2022, 10:53 pm -Editor's note, ACK! Thanks for the catch!
Daryl Stout Jr August 5, 2022, 4:24 pm They killed one of the nicest, sweetest friend that I have ever known
Debra Deal August 6, 2022, 2:49 pm SCUM BAGS!!
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