Defendants' Trials Reset in 2012 Manchester Double Homicide

By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter

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 Aaron Hepker

MANCHESTER, Iowa - The murder trials for Isaiah Sweet and Brandon Ahlers, accused of killing Janet and Richard Sweet last year in Manchester, have been reset in Delaware County District Court.

Isaiah Sweet, 18, of Manchester, charged with two counts of first-degree murder, will stand trial Oct. 16. He is accused of shooting and killing his grandparents and legal guardians, Janet, 62, and Richard, 55, Sweet on May 13, 2012. The couple was found dead in their home with gunshot wounds to the head.

A bench trial or non-jury trial is set May 22 for Ahlers, 20, of Manchester, charged with two counts of aiding and abetting in first-degree murder. He is accused of suggesting to his friend, Isaiah Sweet, different ways to kill the couple.

According to a search warrant, Isaiah Sweet admitted to shooting his grandparents after contemplating beating his grandfather with a baseball bat.
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