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Son Charged with Murder of Parents

TAMA COUNTY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -The Tama County Attorney has charged Gordon Lasley, Jr.with two counts of First Degree Murder in the death of his parents.

Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Johnson Lasley were found dead in their home on the Meskwaki settlement late Wednesday night.

Investigators say Lasley Jr. told several family members he killed his mom and dad with a machete. A relative went to the Tama home and found Kims body in the basement and Gordon Sr.s in the living room. A machete with blood was found in the living -room on the couch. Initial reports say the wounds to the victims appear to be from an edged weapon.

A Tama County Deputy Sheriff arrested Lasley Jr. early Thursday morning in rural Tama County driving his mothers car. Officials say there was blood on his clothing and inside the car from cuts on his hands.

The Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police Department initially responded. They were assisted in the investigation by the Office of the Tama County Sheriff, the F.B.I., the D.C.I. and the Office of the Iowa State Medical Examiner.

Lasley Jr. is being held in the Tama County jail. Bail is set at $2,000,000. His preliminary court hearing will be February 14th at 9 A.M. He will be represented by a Public Defender.

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