A jury in federal court in Cedar Rapids has found a Meskwaki man guilty of murdering his parents. The jury deliberated for around one day before finding 26-year-old Gordon Lasley Junior guilty of two counts of second-degree murder in the February deaths of his mother and father.
Evidence at the 8-day trial showed Lasley used a machete to kill Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Lasley in their home on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement. The jury did not believe the argument of Lasley’s attorneys that he was insane at the time of the murders. Lasley faces a possible maximum sentence of life once a sentencing date has been set.