MANCHESTER (AP) — A teenager charged with killing his grandparents at their home in eastern Iowa was allegedly helped by a man who suggested ways to carry out the killings, police said.
Isaiah Sweet, 17, is charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Richard and Janet Sweet. They were found shot to death May 13 at their home in Manchester.
On Monday, police arrested Brandon Ahlers, 19, of Manchester, on two counts of aiding and abetting in first-degree murder. Ahlers appeared in Delaware County District Court on Tuesday. Online court records show that the public defender's office was appointed to his case, but an attorney wasn't listed.
Sweet asked Ahlers for suggestions on ways to kill his grandparents, according to a criminal complaint. The discussions happened throughout the night of May 11. Ahlers told investigators he suggested that Sweet drug his grandparents and cut their throats or shoot them, according to the complaint filed Monday.
Ahlers said he tried to discourage Sweet from using an assault rifle in the house because “everyone” could hear the gunshots.
The bodies of Richard and Janet Sweet were found on a living room sofa by relatives, according to a search warrant. No weapon was found at the scene, but investigators recovered a spent rifle casing. Police later recovered an assault rifle.
Sweet told investigators he confessed to Ahlers about wanting to kill his grandparents and steal their property, according to the complaint.
Sweet's trial is set for Aug.1. He remains in jail on $1 million bail.
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