‘I killed her myself’: Woman posted Snapchat video bragging about smothering stepmom, had ‘Kill Jodie’ on her to-do list

Tacoa Talley (Benton County Jail), Jodie Bevan (Brosh Chapel), and Samantha Bevans (YouTube/KCRG screenshot)

Samantha Bevans (YouTube/KCRG screenshot); Inset: Tacoa Talley (Benton County Jail) and Jodie Bevan (Brosh Chapel).

A 35-year-old woman in Iowa will spend the remainder of her days behind bars for killing her stepmother, suffocating the 58-year-old woman with a pillow and then posting a video to Snapchat proudly confessing to the crime. A jury in Benton County on Monday found Samantha Bevans guilty of first-degree murder in the 2022 slaying of Jodie Bevans, records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

Under Iowa state law, non-juvenile defendants convicted of first-degree murder must serve a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

In their first day of deliberation since closing arguments, jurors unanimously found Samantha Bevans guilty, despite her contentions that her boyfriend, Tacoa Talley, was the one who smothered Jodie Bevans inside of the victim’s home on June 14, 2022.

Talley last year was also found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Additionally, he was ordered to pay restitution of $150,000.

The most damaging piece of evidence to be presented to the jury was a video filmed by Samantha Bevans and posted to her Snapchat account in which she triumphantly declared that she was the one who killed her stepmother.

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