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Judge Denies Mistrial in Sweet Murder Case

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- A judge has rejected a defense lawyer's request for a mistrial in the case of a Manchester teenager accused of killing of his custodial grandparents.
   District Court Judge Michael Shubatt denied the request Monday morning in the trial of 18-year-old Isaiah Sweet.
   Sweet is charged with first-degree murder in the killings of 55-year-old Richard Sweet and 62-year-old Janet Sweet.
   Defense lawyer Jill Eimermann sought a mistrial Friday when a prosecution witness testified he found child pornography on a computer in the family home.
   Shubatt acknowledged defense concerns the jury might think Isaiah Sweet accessed child pornography, but he decided the jury wouldn't put too much weight on the statement.
   Prosecutors planned to call more witnesses Monday, the third day of testimony in the trial.

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