Police: Man, 47, tried to kill wife

Jody Eugene Akins had previously served prison time for manslaughter.


Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 11:28 p.m.

A Dixie County man who served state prison time for manslaughter and was arrested following an attack on his father was picked up over the weekend on allegations that he tried to kill his wife.

Jody Eugene Akins, 47, was arrested by Cross City police early Saturday and charged with attempted murder. He was being held Monday at the Dixie County Jail.

Police Chief Wesley Jones said the case began unfolding when Akins was pulled over by Dixie County deputies and they noticed blood on his clothing. Akins told the deputies he had been in a fight with two men at his home at 104 N.E. 144th St., police reported.

A police officer dispatched to the home saw what appeared to be a pool of blood on the front step of the home and could see a body covered by a blanket on the floor of the living room. The person on the floor was identified as Akins' unconscious wife, Jodi Akins, 39. She regained consciousness before an ambulance arrived, Jones said, and had "very distinct strangulation marks around her neck," as well as cuts and bruises on her face, knee and elbows.

Jodi Akins was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, and her husband was taken to the Dixie County Jail to be questioned.

Jones said Jody Akins initially said his wife was injured when two men started beating her and he fought them off.

Investigators said the two men provided a different version of events, including that Jody Akins had been drinking when he got mad at his wife and began to hit her in the face and head. One of the men said he drove the Akinses to their home and during the ride and again in the couple's yard, Jody Akins continued to hit his wife, the man told police.

When questioned a second time Jody Akins said that all he could remember was that his wife was asleep on the floor when he left their home and that sometimes he blacks out, Chief Jones said.

Akins has another violent felony charge pending in court. Dixie County deputies arrested him in June on the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The alleged victim in that case was his father, Caswell Akins.

The elder Akins told deputies his son came to his home, pushed him against the wall and told him he planned to kill him. Caswell Akins said Jody Akins chased him as he ran from his home and lunged at him with a knife. Caswell Akins said he defended himself against a second stabbing attempt by arming himself with a pair of clippers and hitting his son in the face with them.

In his statement to deputies, Caswell Akins said he begged his son to get into his truck and leave but that Jody Akins did not leave until a neighbor pulled up in her vehicle and told him she was calling for deputies.

Jody Akins is due back in court Feb. 23 on the case involving his father.

In 1992, Akins was sentenced to 12 years in state prison after being convicted of manslaughter in the death of Royce Rutledge, 24, of Cross City. He served five years of the sentence because in the early 1990s Florida prisons were overcrowded.

According to Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger, those sentenced to prison before 1995 would automatically have a third of the sentence taken off to ease overcrowding and then also could accrue gain time for good behavior and participating in select programs while incarcerated.

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