North Liberty man among two suspects arrested for Benton County murder


A North Liberty man is among two suspects arrested for a murder in Benton County last month.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, 38-year-old Tacoa Talley of Prairie Ridge Road was taken into custody Thursday morning for the murder of Jodie Bevans of Palo. An alleged accomplice, 34-year-old Faith Bevans of Palo, was arrested Wednesday night.

Jodie Bevans was found unresponsive in her 64th Street residence on July 15th.  Her death was ruled a homicide.

Talley and Samantha Faith Bevans have been charged with 1st Degree Murder. If convicted, they each face life in prison with no chance of parole.

Talley made news last year when he was arrested for allegedly injecting a victim with unknown substances while the person slept at his residence. Multiple witnesses reportedly told investigators that they saw Talley inject the victim with substances that caused the person to sleep for excessive amounts of time.

North Liberty Police also say that Talley’s son reported that his father had attempted to suffocate him.

Talley pleaded guilty to two Child Endangerment charges and was given a suspended sentence. The other charges were dropped.

Talley also has previous domestic abuse and no-contact order violation convictions.