Friday, May 29, 2015

Anonymous Tip of Animal Abuse Spirals into Serious Felony Charges

May 29, 2015

On May 27, 2015 LCSO Investigators received an anonymous tip that Audie Jackson Stokes (7-18-58) shot five dogs on his property.  Investigators were previously aware Stokes had been convicted of a felony and was prohibited from owning a firearm.

Investigators responded to the Stokes home located in the Williston area.  Stokes met investigators in his yard, and he began to weave an implausible explanation.  When the story was challenged, Stokes granted permission to search his home. Investigators located and seized two firearms and ammunition in his bedroom. As the search continued, Investigators discovered five dogs that had been shot in the head and discarded in the back of his family owned 35 acre property.  The dogs appeared otherwise healthy.  Stokes was then taken into custody.

As the investigation continued, other potential witnesses were interviewed. Evidence was discovered of a violent history of domestic abuse perpetrated by Stokes. After hours of interviews and crime scene investigation, Investigators determined Stokes had held a female victim hostage, tying her to a bed and ultimately sexually battering her.

As a result, Investigators developed a case and filed four felony charges against Stokes.  He was booked into the Levy County Detention Facility, charged with five counts of animal abuse – causing a cruel death, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, sexual battery and false imprisonment. Stokes is being held on a 1.1 million dollar bond awaiting trial.  


Lt. Scott Tummond
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office
(352) 486-5111
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