Trial Dates Set For Teen Charged In Store Slayings

ALGONA, Iowa (AP) — Trial dates have been set for a Minnesota teenager charged in the slayings of two convenience store clerks in northern Iowa.

Seventeen-year-old Michael Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in Kossuth and Humboldt counties.

He is accused of killing a store clerk during a robbery in Algona on Nov. 15. Authorities say he then drove to Humboldt where he is accused of shooting and killing another store clerk.

The Messenger in Fort Dodge says trial for the Humboldt slaying is set for Feb. 16. Trial for the Algona slaying is scheduled for March 1 in Kossuth County.

Swanson remains held in the Kossuth County jail on $1 million bond.

First-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence without parole.

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  • Ignorance must be bliss

    Bet he does not have that smile on his face when he meets his new cell mate.

    • Billy

      Jails up north really are not all that bad, they are a lot worse down south.
      Up north they patty-cake, patty-cake these criminals.

      The way the economy is now-days I bet a lot of people would rather be in jail, three free meals a day, a roof over your head, no rent, television all day.

      Some of these criminals that get locked up here up north have it a lot better than those who obey the law and are not locked up..

      • Sshowdy

        He’s locked up now as should be until his trial weather the jeails are comfortable or not. He won’t be patty-caked for much longer. Your are making too light of a very serious situation. He killed 2 people!

  • Billy

    I don’t think he is competent to stand trial, just looking at that poor soul, you can tell there is something wrong with him..

  • boo

    Danger to society no matter how crazy he is..Life might be too good for him!

  • McLovin

    Public Death Penalty…those were the days..

  • Dave

    Funny Boy won’t be laughing when it sinks in that he’ll never leave Iowa after receiving two life sentences without parole.

  • Us

    Let’s see the smirk on this kids face at the trial!

  • Teri

    Gees..he looks wacked. How, HOW does a kid get so nutz??? Was he born without a soul????

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