SWEET CASE: Double Murder Trial Set To Begin

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The trial of an Iowa teen charged with murdering his grandparents is scheduled to begin Wednesday in eastern Iowa.

Eighteen-year-old Isaiah Sweet is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of 62-year-old Janet Sweet and 55-year-old Richard Sweet. Their bodies were found in their Manchester home in May of 2012. Autopsies showed they died from gunshot wounds.

Sweet was seventeen at the time of the murders and had been living with his grandparents.

Because of pre-trial publicity, Sweet’s trial has been moved to Dubuque County.

A friend of Sweet’s, 21-year-old Brandon Ahlers, was also charged in connection with the crime. Officials say he helped Sweet come up with ways to kill his grandparents and also helped dispose of the murder weapon.

Ahlers took an Alford plea to two counts of accessory after the fact, two counts of attempted third degree burglary, one count of unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon, and one count of third degree burglary. He was sentenced in September to 18 years in prison.

Ahlers is expected to testify against Sweet.