x-police officer, caretaker found stabbed to death at Holcomb home

By LEANN McCOY
Staff Writer

    Two people were found stabbed to death in a Holcomb residence Sunday, according to Grenada County Sheriff Alton Strider.  
     Sheriff Strider said the bodies of Martha Stoker, in her early 40s, and former Grenada Police Capt. Jimmy Stauddy, 69, were found in Stauddy’s home by his wife, Scottie Stauddy, Sunday afternoon. Stoker lived at the residence as a caretaker for Jimmy Stauddy, who was disabled.
    “Deputies were called out to the house with ambulance en route at 4 p.m.,” said Strider. “The victims were found with multiple stab wounds, and the house was undisturbed.”
    Strider said there is no apparent motive at this time, and describing the crime scene was not easy for him.    
    “It’s the most gruesome homicide I’ve seen since I’ve been in office, and I’ve never dealt with anything of this graphic nature,” Strider said.
    Stauddy retired from the Grenada Police Department as a police investigator in 2001, after serving over 20 years on the force before retirement. He also retired from the Mississippi National Guard with the rank of Master Sargeant.     
    According to Strider, because of Stauddy’s ties to the Grenada Police Department, the FBI is taking part in the investigation.
    “The investigation is ongoing, with both Grenada and the FBI going down different avenues,” he said.  
    The bodies were released to the Mississippi Crime Lab for autopsies and to gather evidence.
    Some of Stauddy’s former co-workers offered remembrances of him.     
    “Officers of the police department want to express our condolences to both of the families in this tragedy. Capt. Stauddy will be missed by all officers who served with him,” said Interim Assistant Police Chief Erby Montgomery.  
    Grenada Police Chief James Fox said he worked with Stauddy for 15 years.
    “He was a great captain and police sergeant and a great man,” he said. “He did a real good job and Grenada suffered a great loss by losing him.”  
    Strider urges anyone who has any information to call the sheriff’s office at 227-2877.
    Updates will be posted on www.GrenadaStar.com as available.

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