Murder-suicide suspect in Meridian woman’s death identified as boyfriend of 3 months


The suspect in a Meridian murder-suicide has been identified.

David Marthinus Jacobs, 71, is believed to have stabbed 65-year-old Joy Frizzell to death late Sunday evening or early Monday morning in her residence on the 1200 block of East Italy Street, the Meridian Police Department said Friday. Police said Jacobs and Frizzell had been in a relationship for three months.

The Gem County Sheriff’s Office found Jacobs dead in his trailer late Tuesday afternoon. Jacobs’ daughter then showed concern over Frizzell’s welfare, as did Frizzell’s daughter-in-law, who had not heard from Frizzell in a few days. Police found Frizzell dead in her bed from stab wounds to the chest.

The Meridian Police Department is waiting on results of a toxicology report on Jacobs’ autopsy. Initial evidence suggests Jacobs committed suicide, police said.

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz