Isaiah Sweet Murder Trial Begins

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)

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By Richard Pratt

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Isaiah Sweet’s first-degree murder trial is underway this afternoon in Dubuque County District Court.

Sweet is accused of two counts of first-degree murder after police say he fatally shot his grandparents, Janet and Richard Sweet, on May 11. The Manchester couple was found May 13, with gunshot wounds to the head, by family coming to the home for Mother’s Day.

Brandon Ahlers, a friend of Sweets, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon and third-degree burglary, two counts of accessory after the fact and two counts of attempted third-degree burglary through an Alford plea for aiding Sweet with the murder.

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