MN Teen To Use Insanity Defense In Iowa Killings

ALGONA, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota teenager charged with killing two convenience store clerks in Iowa plans to use the insanity defense.

The Des Moines Register on Wednesday says the insanity defense is in court documents filed in Kossuth County.

Seventeen-year-old Michael Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is charged as an adult with murder and robbery and Kossuth and Humboldt counties. He’s accused of killing a clerk in Algona on Nov. 15, then driving to Humboldt and killing another clerk.

Swanson’s attorney, Charles Kenville, asked a Kossuth County judge to combine the murder trials, set for this summer. Kenville withdrew a motion to transfer the Kossuth County case to juvenile court. A judge denied a request to transfer the case in Humboldt county to juvenile court.

Kenville declined to comment on the filings.

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  • DaveM

    Good luck with that, Mikey. It won’t work. Your life’s destination is the max security prison at Fort Madison.

  • We

    Give me a break,hang him high!

  • Lee

    A lot of people are “insane” but they don’t go and shoot people, that’s a real weak excuse and sounds like he’s trying for an “easy out”

  • mattey

    let him fry!

  • Todd

    Life behind bars will wipe the seg off his face

  • Victim Du Jour

    He won’t have much luck for having such a big smile for the media during his perp walk on the news.

  • insignificant

    just like someone not blowing into an intoxalizer,but still get the same as a drunk driver who did,should be the same with an insanity defense…an implied consent to prosecute for the crime,eh?

  • insignificant

    i find the “insanity” deal illogical…what moron came up with that?…quiyte obvious,that anyone murdering another hu8man being is insane,wether for a second or months in planning

  • Michael

    Another child running around doing what ever he wants.Where were his parent? Who gave him a car? Why aren’t they being held accountable for their son’s actions? Maybe if they payed more attention he wouldn’t be out killing people. Be parents, know where and what your kids are doing. The courts should charge his parents with aiding and abetting a minor in his crimes. Maybe if we held parents accountable there would be less crimes committed by children.

  • Paul Bostrom

    The smile on your face is going to be wiped of pretty damn fast once you hear the bars slam shut and lock your ass in for a LONG time

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