Trials Likely Delayed in Relation to Manchester Couple's Death

Sheriff officers lead Isaiah Sweet into the Clayton County Courthouse in Elkader, Iowa Tuesday May 15, 2012 for his initial appearance. Sweet is being charged for killing his grandparents Richard and Janet Sweet of Manchester, Iowa. on Friday May 11. (AP/Dubuque Telegraph Herald/ Pool)


By Belinda Yeung

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor says he expects delays in the trials of an Iowa teenager and another man charged in the deaths of the teen's grandparents in Manchester.

The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque says Delaware County Attorney John Bernaw says the trials will likely be postponed until next year.

Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Sweet is charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Richard and Janet Sweet in May 2011.

Twenty-year-old Brandon Ahlers is charged with aiding and abetting in the killings. He's accused of suggesting ways to carry out the killings and of trying to dispose of the gun police believe was used in the crime.

Sweet's trial is currently set for Nov. 7. Ahlers is to stand trial on Dec. 12.
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