Palo, Linn County, Iowa, United States residents Michael Ray Bevans, 69, and Jodie Ellen Bevans, 58, got married in June 2005. She is the stepmother of his children including Samantha Faith Bevans, 34, of Palo.
Aside from Palo, Samantha has lived in other parts of Iowa including North Liberty, Solon and Coralville. On July 14, 2022, she and Tacoa Talley, 38, of North Liberty went to Jodie’s house in Palo.
That day, Talley allegedly choked Jodie while Samantha suffocated her stepmother with a pillow. Samantha later took to Snapchat to share a video of herself admitting to the crime.
On July 15, 2022, Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were asked to check on Jodie’s welfare. They found her dead inside her home in Palo.
On July 25, 2022, Samantha and Talley allegedly stole about $30 worth of merchandise from a hotel gift shop. At the time of the theft, he had an active no-contact order in which she was the protected party.
On July 30, 2022, Samantha was arrested, charged with third-degree theft and and booked into the Scott County Jail in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. On July 31, 2022, she was released on her own recognizance.
Talley is also wanted in Wisconsin, USA on charges of violating probation. On August 2, 2022, he was arrested, charged with third-degree theft and violation of a no-contact order and booked into the Scott County Jail.
On August 3, 2022, Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation agents arrested Samantha for Jodie’s death. Samantha is being held in the Benton County Jail in Vinton, Benton County, Iowa on a $1 million cash-only bond and a request for a no-contact order against her has been filed on behalf of Mike and his youngest daughter, 16.
On August 4, 2022, Talley was arrested for Jodie’s death. He and Samantha were charged with first-degree murder.