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Monday, February 10, 2014

Gordon Lasley Jr.: Double Murder in an Indian Settlement

     In February 2012, 23-year-old Gordon Lasley Jr., a resident of the 1,400-member Meskwaki Sac and Fox tribe settlement in central Iowa, was sentenced to five years probation following an assault conviction. A year later, the Native American punched a man in the face during a Iowa City bar fight. In that case, tribal police arrested Lasley for assault causing bodily injury.

     In addition to the above offenses, Gordon Lasley Jr. has an arrest history that includes public intoxication, criminal mischief, theft, trespassing, and various motor vehicle and driving violations. A drunkard with a mean streak, he is not your model citizen.

     Lasley's brother Tyler, at nine o'clock on the night of Wednesday, February 5, 2014, discovered the bodies of his parents in the basement of their small, rural Meskwaki settlement house. Gordon Lasley Sr, 60, and his 57-year-old wife Kim, had been hacked to death. The murder weapon, a bloody machete, lay on the living room couch. Tyler Lasley reported his gruesome discovery to the Meskwaki Nation Police Department.

     Shortly after the double-murder, Gordon Lasley Jr. told a family member that he had killed his parents. That night, police officers arrested the suspect in his mother's car. Lasley's clothes were blood-soaked, and he had cuts on his hands which had left bloodstains inside the vehicle.

     Meskawaki tribal police officers booked Lasley into the Tama County Jail. Charged with two counts of first-degree murder, a judge set his bail at $2 million. Because all crimes on Indian reservations and settlements are federal offenses, FBI agents are assisting in the double-murder investigation.

1 comment:

  1. I guess according to the author "Native Americans" are not consider men. Also I guess if you get into a bar fight and have a public intoxication charge you are a "drunkard with a mean streak".