October 14th, 2021
Cedar Rapids police say a 17-year-old is charged with two counts of first-degree murder after they found him outside a northeast side home covered in blood and he told them he’d killed his parents. Police say Ethan Orton used a knife and axe to kill his parents, 42-year-old Casey Orton and 41-year-old Misty Slade. He stabbed both, then when his mother survived the stabbing, he attacked her with the axe. The criminal complaint says Ethan Orton told officers he killed his parents to “take charge of his life”.