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Court documents show Manchester murder suspect contemplated using a bat

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The Manchester couple found murdered on Mother's Day were laid to rest Tuesday.

Funeral services were Tuesday morning for 62-year-old Janet Sweet and 55-year-old Richard Sweet at Saint Edward Catholic Church in Waterloo. Their grandson, 17-year-old Isaiah Sweet has been charged in their deaths.

On May 13, family members discovered two broken out windows on the back of the Sweet home. Inside they found the bodies of Rick and Janet Sweet on a living room sofa. Both had been shot in the head.

According to court documents this home wasn't always a quiet place. In an application for a search warrant it says Manchester Police had been called to the Sweet home in the past for verbal and physical abuse involving Isaiah Sweet and his grandparents.

As for the murders, court documents say Isaiah Sweet admitted to investigators that he had stood behind Richard several hours before shooting him with a baseball bat in hand, contemplating hitting him. According to the documents, Isaiah admitted he later decided to shoot Richard and Janet.

At the time of the shootings, Isaiah was wearing sweat pants. The documents also show Isaiah Sweet told investigators he changed his clothes before leaving the home. The police then retrieved two pairs of sweat pants from the home.

Stacey Sweet, the mother of Isaiah Sweet, said last week there was verbal and physical abuse in the home. She claims her father was taking his anger out on Isaiah for a lawsuit she filed against him.

Isaiah Sweet's preliminary hearing on the two first degree murder charges is scheduled for May 25th.

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