CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Four people were held by police Friday in the slashing deaths of a woman and her two young sons.
The bodies, each slashed three or four times in the throat, were discovered Thursday by their apartment manager.
Bruce Farris, 23, of Cedar Rapids, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jackie May, 29, and her sons, Jason May 4, and Justin, 2. Farris was held on $500,000 bond.
Michael Rohn, 18, of Cedar Rapids, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Mrs. May. His bond was $250,000.
Charged as accessories to murder were Rose Marie Glandon, 36, and Louise Franks, 31, both of Cedar Rapids. Each was held on $30,000 bond.
Rohn, who lived in the same apartment complex as the May family, was described by police as an acquaintance of the slain woman.
Linn County Deputy Medical Examiner Alfred Brendel conducted autopsies Friday and estimated the time of deaths as late Monday night.
Police Chief Raymond Baker said the victims apparently were slashed with a knife or other sharp object. He said several knives were confiscated but police had not singled out a murder weapon.