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Judge Finds Probable Cause in Lasley Jr. Murder Case

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Gordon Lasley Junior, accused of a brutal murder, went before a judge in federal court Thursday. The 25-year-old confessed to his family that he killed his parents with a machete on the Meskwaki settlement on February 5th.

Lasley Jr was lead into the courtroom wearing an orange jumpsuit, shackled at his hands and feet, sporting long brown hair and little expression.   

The day started with the preliminary hearing. In that, the government has to prove probable cause for the case to proceed.
FBI agent Scott Irwin took the stand to talk about February 5th. According to Irwin and criminal complaints, Lasley was smoking marijuana at his parents house with his girlfriend.

She describes his mood as happy, even saying that Lasley hugged her before she left the house. After she left, he killed his parents with the machete. He later called both his girlfriend and his brother to confess to the crime. He eventually showed up at his brother's house covered in blood, driving his mother's car.
Ultimately, the judge decided there was enough probable cause to move forward with the case.

Next up, was the detention hearing. Lasley's attorneys asked for their client to be released to his girlfriend, who he has three kids with. However, they admit they haven't been able to make contact with her.

The judge used several elements to determine whether Lasley was eligible for bail - including the crime itself.

The judge said seriousness of it may present a danger to the community. Lasley faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for each of the two first degree murder charges.

Those factors served as strike one against Lasley.

Then there was his personal and criminal history. Lasley confessed to police that he had been a heavy alcohol and marijuana user since he was 14. In addition to that, his rap sheet is long. It includes 3 OWI charges, various trespassing charges, domestic abuse, and assault causing bodily injury - that is on top of numerous failures to appear in court.

With the judge considering all those factors together - it meant no bail for Lasley.

Now the government has less than 30 days to present their case to a Grand Jury. If the Grand Jury comes back with an indictment, then the case will go to trial. We'll continue to follow this case as it moves forward.
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