Police: Man killed parents with machete on Iowa tribal settlement

TAMA, Iowa, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A 25-year-old Iowa man told relatives he had killed his parents with a machete at their home at an American Indian tribal settlement, authorities say.

Gordon Lasley Jr. has been arrested and charged with murder in the deaths, the Des Moines Register reported Friday.


Another son, Tyler Lasley, discovered the bodies of his parents, Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Lasley, late Wednesday in their home in the Meskwaki Settlement, said Craig Karr, a detective with Meskwaki Nation police.

A bloody machete was found on a sofa in the living room.

A Tama County deputy found Lasley Jr. driving his mother's car early Thursday. The deputy said the suspect's clothes were bloodied. Blood found in the vehicle came from cuts on his hands.

Karr said Lasley Jr. told "several family members" he was responsible for his parents' deaths.

He is being held on $2 million bond.

About 1,000 members of the Sac and Fox tribe live at the settlement about 10 miles west of the county seat, Tama, in central Iowa.

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