Minn. Teen Pleads Not Guilty To Second Iowa Slaying

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Michael Richard Swanson (credit: Jeff Heinz/The Globe Gazette)

Michael Richard Swanson (credit: Jeff Heinz/The Globe Gazette)

HUMBOLDT, Iowa (AP) – A Minnesota teen charged with killing two Iowa convenience store clerks has pleaded not guilty to charges in the slaying of the second clerk in Humboldt.

Online court records show 17-year-old Michael Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., entered the plea on Dec. 23 in Humboldt County District Court. He had pleaded not guilty earlier this month to the slaying of a clerk in Algona.

Swanson is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in Kossuth and Humboldt counties in the Nov. 15 deaths of the store clerks. He will be tried as an adult.

Swanson is being held in the Kossuth County jail in Algona on $1 million bond.

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