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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Two years ago today Joe Daniel Stallions was arrested in a double homicide case from more than 20 years ago for allegedly killing his mother and sister, and 730 days later he remains in custody at the Coosa County Jail in Rockford with no bond.
On August 12, 2020, then 42-year-old Stallions of Ariton was arrested in south Alabama on two counts of capital murder for the homicides of his mother, Bobbie Dale Ingram, and his sister, Jodi Angelina Stallions, that occurred on January 12, 1999. He was booked into the Coosa County Jail at 11:09 p.m. two years ago.
The double homicide occurred in the small Pentonville community south of Rockford. Ingram was 38 years old, and Jodi Stallions was 17 years old; both were reportedly killed with apparent gunshot wounds to their heads.
A little more than 21 years later, an arrest was finally made in the cold case. Stallions’ initial court date was set for September 10, 2020, but there has not been much to report regarding the case in the last two years.
During the press conference held two years ago, Sheriff Michael Howell said that the case remained an ongoing investigation. However, he also stated that they were not looking into any additional suspects.
According to reports, a key witness came forward with critical information that ultimately led to the arrest of Stallions in August 2020. During the previous press conference Howell mentioned that his office had uncovered “crucial evidence into this investigation.”
No motive was stated behind the double homicides, with Howell saying at the time that it was still under investigation.
It was previously reported in the January 29, 1999, edition of “The Coosa County News” that an investigator with the Sheriff’s Office stated that they believed the murderer was directly connected to one of the victims specifically and that they felt the other victim was “eliminated simply for being there.” Bill Evans, who was sheriff at the time, was later quoted as saying that was a possibility.
Now, 44-year-old Stallions remains incarcerated with no bond, still awaiting trial for the double homicide that took place 23-and-a-half years ago.
As of press time Stallions’ case was still pending, and no trial date had been set. Attempts to contact his lead defense attorney, Greg Varner, were unsuccessful.
Following the arrest two years ago, Howell mentioned that he and his office have made cold case murders a priority and have been reviewing them since he took office. At that time he said that he is “proud to move this family closer to justice being served.”
Remaining cold cases for the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office include the 1995 murder of Chanty Shiverdecker and the 1995 murder of Nicky Machen.