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UPDATE: Man charged in Manchester murders tells police he helped plan killing method

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Brandon Ahlers Brandon Ahlers
Isaiah Sweet Isaiah Sweet

Manchester Police have arrested a second person in connection with the recent murders of Richard and Janet Sweet.

On Monday, police arrested 21-year-old Brandon Ahlers on two counts of aiding and abetting murder in the first degree.

Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Sweet is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of his grandparents, Janet and Rick Sweet. Sweet is accused of shooting his grandparents to death on May 11 in their Manchester home.

Under Iowa criminal code, anybody charged with aiding abetting is charged with the crime they allegedly helped commit. That means Ahlers' two aiding and abetting charges are Class A felonies, just as Sweet faces two charges of Class A felony first degree murder.

According to the criminal complaint, Ahlers and Sweet told police independently that they discussed ways to kill Sweet's grandparents. Court documents say the methods ranged from taking them to a farm and letting the hogs kill them to drugging them and cutting their throats.

According to police, Ahlers said he helped teach Sweet how to use a rifle that was in the grandparents' home. The couple died of gunshot wounds.

Ahlers allegedly told Sweet to come to his home afterwards, where he took the rifle and helped Sweet find a way out of town.

Ahlers sold the rifle to a man in Greeley the next day, but later got it back and gave it to investigators, according to the criminal complaint.

Ahlers is being held in the Delaware County jail on a $ 500,000 cash only bond. His preliminary hearing and arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. July 17.

Sweet's trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 1. He will be tried as an adult because of the nature of the crime.

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