BENTON COUNTY – Two Iowans have been arrested for the murder of a Northern Iowa woman.
On Friday, July 15, 2022, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a welfare check at the Jodie Bevans residence, 3397 64th Street Palo, IA. Upon arrival, law enforcement officials located Bevans (58) inside her residence, deceased. Based on the condition of the scene and the suspicious nature of her death, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Criminalistics Laboratory were called to assist with the investigation.
On Sunday, July 17, 2022 the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy. 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.
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 34-year-old Samantha Faith Bevans of Palo, Iowa for the death of Jodie Bevans. On the morning of August 4, 2022, 38-year-old Tacoa Talley of North Liberty, Iowa was also arrested for the death of Bevans.
Samantha Faith Bevans and Tacoa Talley have been charged with first-degree murder. If convicted of this charge, 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.
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.