CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who lived on an indian reservation is now facing murder charges in the death of his parents.
Gordon Lasley, Jr., 25, from the Meskwaki Nation Settlement, Iowa, has been charged with murder in “Indian country.” The charge is contained in a complaint filed on March 7, 2014, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids which states Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Lasley were killed by Gordon Lasley, Jr. with a machete on February 5, 2014 at their home on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement near Tama, Iowa.
If convicted, Lasley faces a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.
Lasley appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond. Lasley’s next appearance for preliminary and detention hearings is set for March 13, 2014, at 12:00 p.m.
As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys C.J. Williams and Anthony Morfitt and was investigated by the Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police, the Tama County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.