Law Enforcement Release Cause of Death in Manchester Double Homicide

MANCHESTER, Iowa - Officials have released more information about a double murder that happened in Manchester over the weekend.

The bodies of Janet & Richard Sweet were found Sunday afternoon at their home, 109 Deann Drive in Manchester, when relatives arrived for a Mother's Day gathering. The couples' 17-year-old grandson faces two counts of first-degree murder.

In an autopsy conducted Monday by the State Medical Examiner's Office, it was determined both individuals died of gunshot wounds.

Authorities say Isaiah killed Janet Sweet, 62, and Richard Sweet, 55, of Manchester, over the weekend. Sweet admitted to killing his grandparents to three people over the weekend, according to the arrest warrant filed Monday in Delaware County District Court.

On Tuesday, Sweet appeared in Clayton County because that was the closest available district judge to oversee his initial appearance. District Judge Monica Ackley said future appearances will take place in Delaware County.

Ackley set bond in the amount of $1-million cash. She also ordered the defendant to have no contact with any witnesses named in the criminal complaint. A preliminary hearing date of May 25th was also set, but such hearings are routinely cancelled when the county attorney files what's called trial information.

Sweet made no real comment in court, but did nod to someone sitting in back. That person later identified himself only as a friend from school but made no other comments.
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