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Hearing To Combine Trials Of MN Teen In Iowa

ALGONA, Iowa (AP) — A judge has set a hearing on a request to combine the trials of a Minnesota teenager charged with killing two convenience store clerks in Iowa.

WHO-TV in Des Moines says the March 8 hearing for 17-year-old Michael Swanson will be held in Kossuth County District Court in Algona.

Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is charged as an adult with murder and robbery in 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 last month to combine the trials, set for this summer.

Online court records show Judge David Lester scheduled the hearing last Friday.

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