SWEET TRIAL: More Witness Testimony

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Testimony is continuing Friday in the murder trial of a teenager accused of killing his grandparents.

Eighteen-year-old Isaiah sweet is charged with two counts of first degree murder for the shooting deaths of Rick and Janet Sweet. They were killed in their Manchester home in May 2012.

In opening statements, Sweet’s defense team didn’t deny the teen killed his grandparents but they say it wasn’t pre-meditated.

The Des Moines Register reports Brandon Ahlers, who was convicted of lesser charges in the case, testified that Sweet texted him just days before his grandparents’ bodies were found, about how to kill someone.

That included references to poisoning, beating someone with a baseball bat and using a gun.

Another witness called was Janet Sweet’s daughter, Angie. It was Angie’s daughter who discovered the bodies of Rick and Janet Sweet.

“She came out. She was white as a ghost, screaming and crying and she wouldn’t let anybody close. She said, ‘Stay back, stay back! Grandma and grandpa are dead.’”

Attorneys say they expect the trial to last until at least next Tuesday.

 



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