Second Person Charged in Manchester Double Homicide Case

MANCHESTER, Iowa - A second arrest was made Monday in the slaying of a couple who were found with shotgun wounds to the head May 11 in their Manchester home.

Manchester Police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrested Brandon Ahlers, 19, of Manchester, Monday on two counts of aiding and abetting first-degree murder for his role in the slaying of Richard, 55, and Janet, 62, Sweet, according to a news release.

Manchester Police Chief Bruce Trapp released limited information late Monday and a criminal complaint wasn't immediately available. Trapp didn't return a phone message left Monday.

Delaware County Attorney John Bernau was also left a message Monday.

Isaiah Sweet, 17, was arrested and charged in May of two counts of first-degree murder. He is accused of fatally shooting the couple, his grandparents and legal guardians, May 11.

The bodies of Richard and Janet Sweet were found by relatives lying on a living room sofa, each with gunshot wounds to the head, according to a search warrant. Family members found the bodies in the Manchester home May 13, as they were coming over to celebrate Mother's Day.

According to a search warrant, Isaiah Sweet admitted to shooting his grandparents and contemplated beating his grandfather with a baseball bat before shooting the couple. The weapon wasn't found at the scene but investigators recovered a spent rifle casing from the home.

Ahlers is being held in the Delaware County Jail on a $500,000 cash only bond.

Isaiah Sweet has pleaded not guilty and his trial is set Aug. 1, in Delaware County District Court. He remains in jail under a $1 million bond.
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