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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Law Enforcement Release Cause of Death in Sweet Double Homicide

Manchester, IOWA --- As the investigation into the death of 62 year old Janet Sweet and 55 year old Richard Sweet continues, law enforcement are now releasing the cause and manner of death for the deceased.

Doctors at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny, Iowa conducted autopsies on the remains of Mr. and Mrs. Sweet on Monday, May 14, 2012. Based on findings from the autopsies, the State Medical Examiner determined both individuals died of gunshot wounds through the course of a homicide.

The suspect in these shootings is 17 year old Isaiah Sweet. He remains in custody at the Buchanan County Jail on $1,000,000 bond.

To learn more about the investigation into the Sweet homicide and subsequent apprehension of the suspect, please review previous releases on this matter.

Isaiah Sweet, 17 yrs.

Isaiah Sweet, 17 yrs.

The successful and safe execution of the investigation into these homicides was made possible through the cooperative efforts of many law enforcement agencies including the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Manchester Police Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Iowa City Police Department, and the Hiawatha Police Department.

Media Contact:  SAC Larry Hedlund (515) 571-0880.

It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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