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Trial Dates Set For Teen Charged In Store Slayings

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

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

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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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