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Des Moines man arrested in deaths of his mother and uncle

December 29, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have charged a Des Moines man with murder in the deaths of his mother and uncle.

Detectives on Friday night charged 30-year-old Joshua Lee Adams with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his mother, 49-year-old Tracy Linn Adams, and his uncle, 54-year-old Gaylord George Jolly Jr.

Police say both of the victims died of “sharp-force injuries.”

Adams was charged hours after officers were called to a home in northeast Des Moines to check a report of an assault. They found the bodies inside.

Both of the victims were residents of Des Moines.

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