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Attorney: Manchester couple shot to death

May 17, 2012
Messenger News

MANCHESTER (AP) - Autopsy results show a Manchester couple died of gunshot wounds, authorities said Wednesday.

Their bodies were found in their home on Mother's Day, and their grandson, Isaiah Sweet, 17, faces two counts of first-degree murder. He is being charged as an adult.

An autopsy showed that Richard Sweet, 55, and his 62-year-old wife, Janet Sweet, were fatally shot, Delaware County Attorney John Bernau said. He declined to provide additional details, citing the ongoing investigation.

The couple's bodies were found Sunday afternoon when relatives arrived for a Mother's Day gathering

According to a criminal complaint, Isaiah Sweet called a friend Friday evening and told her he "drugged his grandparents" and thought they were dead. He called the friend again Saturday morning and said he had killed his grandparents, the complaint said.

"The cause of death was a shooting," Bernau said. "Not by poisoning."



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