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Lasley, Jr. Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Parents
TAMA COUNTY, Iowa - A man accused of killing his parents with a machete pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, and his trial was set for June.
Gordon Lasley Jr., 25, was indicted Wednesday on two counts of first-degree murder. He is accused of killing his parents, Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Lasley, with a machete in their home on the Meskwaki Settlement Feb. 5, according to a criminal complaint.
Assistant U.S. Attorney C.J. Williams told the judge this was a "complex" case and there were be some testing of forensic items that would take some time to process, so both he and the defense would need more time to prepare than the June 9, trial date.
U.S. Magistrate Jon Scoles said he understood and advised the attorneys they could file a motion to continue and another date would be set.
Scoles also set a status hearing for May 14.
According to a criminal complaint, Lasley's girlfriend told authorities she had been with Lasley and his parents in their home on the Feb. 5, but she left the home and then later received a call from Lasley, saying he killed his parents, according to the complaint.
The older brother of Lasley Jr. and his girlfriend also told authorities Lasley Jr. had confessed to the homicide, according to the complaint. The girlfriend said Lasley Jr. had blood on him when he stopped by their house that night.
Lasley Jr. was pulled over in his mother's car by Tama County Sheriff's deputies Feb. 6. Lasley had blood on his hands and clothing, according to the complaint. He also had cuts and lacerations on his left hand and scratches on his right hand.
Meskwaki Nation police officers found the bodies of the parents after another son told police that Lasley Jr. also admitted to him about the homicide. Officers also located a machete lying on a couch with apparent blood on it.
If convicted, Lasley Jr. faces life in prison.