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Iowa man accused of suffocating his brother to death has been charged with attempted murder

IOWA – According to the police officials, his name is Todd Alan Laing Sr. and he was arrested Tuesday.

Authorities say the suspect allegedly put his hands over his brother’s mouth on Nov. 11, expecting and intending to cause his death.

The suffocation was witnessed by a family member.

Authorities say the suspect later admitted to other witnesses after the fact that he had put his hands over his brother’s mouth.

The suspect wasn’t charged with murder because those charges require the perpetrator to have had malice aforethought.

Attempted murder is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and the suspect is being held in the Scott County Jail without bond. 

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available. 

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