ALGONA, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota teenager charged with killing two convenience store clerks in Iowa will face separate trials.

Seventeen-year-old Michael Swanson of St. Louis Park, Minn., faces two sets of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges in the November shooting deaths of 61-year-old Sheila Myers in Humboldt and 47-year-old Vicky Bowman Hall in Algona.

The Des Moines Register reports that Kossuth County District Judge David Lester ruled Tuesday that he can’t merge the trials because the crimes happened in different counties and judicial districts.

Swanson’s attorney, Charles Kenville argued the trials should be merged because he plans to use the insanity defense in both cases.

Kenville’s spokeswoman says he couldn’t comment because he had not received a copy of the decision.

Kossuth County Attorney Todd Holmes says he’s pleased with the ruling.

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Comments (13)
  1. The Trend says:

    The little prick isn’t laughing any more….

    1. pat says:

      I noticed that too, nothing to laugh at anymore, now that he may face life in prison with the big boys.

  2. Chris K says:

    I think they should throw his ass in general population. I bet he pc’d up real quick. What’s funny now buster?

  3. Keeping it real in Minnesota says:

    It won’t matter if he gets put in seg or not……..he’s going to federal prison for crossing state lines to commit a capital murder……unless he is lucky enough to be found a true nut case…….otherwise….you can bet his cell will be left unlocked accidentally while the meanest swamper happens to be near his cell……..

  4. weee says:

    Hey smerkmem I hope you BURN !!!! BURN BABY BURN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. justamom says:

    You people make me absolutely sick. Listen to the way you talk, you should all be ashamed of yourselves. While I don’t condone what this kid has done I do understand that he is a mentally ill child, unlike those here who pretend to be adults. If you are a child, and mentally ill and cameras start rushing at you, would you be embarassed and maybe smile? You are all disgustingly ignorant fools who have no information in this case and can only try to think of pithy comments to make you feel smart.

    1. TWeber says:

      “Child”? There’s nothing childish about deliberately killing two people, in separate occasions. “Mentally ill”? I’m not buying it… This man-child needs to be off the streets for the safety of the rest of us.

    2. pat says:

      How do you know he is mentally ill? Just because someone does something monsterous, that most wouldn’t do, doesn’t make him mentally ill. He may be just plain evil and he ENJOYED what he did to those women. Remember them and their families? they were justamom too. What makes me sick is not people who hope for this punk to face justice, but people like you who want to constantly make excuses for this kind of monster. Because people like you won’t get tough, i.e. death penalty, and I don’t mean the joke of living off the state for years with appeal after appeal, but putting someone like this animal down, we wouldn’t have the level of horrendous crimes we now enjoy.

      1. justamom says:

        People like me who what – want to get help for the mentally ill before something like this happens? yep – thats pretty bad position to be in – proactive. Have you ever dealt with someone who is mentally ill ? You are aware that the majority of major mental illness stikes in late teens/early twenties right? You are also aware that this kid was in the county home school until 12 days before this – so did they know he was mentally ill? What did they do about? You talk about the death penalty – yeah thats a big deterrent to someone who probably has no idea what he’s doing. Being tough would be dealing with the problem beforehand and not after the fact – take a good look at how the mentally ill are not getting the help they need – educate yourself on it – and try to be a part of a solution to prevent this instead of dealing with it after the fact – what would you do if someone you loved was mentally ill and violent – would you put them to down as you state? What if it was you? Do we put down all people with Mental Illness or just some?

    3. Todd W. Olson says:

      I have enough information to understand that he shot two clerks in the face at point-blank range with a high-powered rifle. Do you know what a weapon like that does to a human skull, Mom? I’m pretty sure that those were closed casket funerals. I bet the families of the victims are really relieved to learn that he is just a mentally-child.

    4. weee says:


    5. fred says:

      how can you bleeding heart bedwetters have sympathy for this coldblooded creep. the only victims here are the 2 people he killed, and there family’s. let your heart bleed for them!….they should hang this freak from the highest tree in Iowa.

  6. Keeping it real in Minnesota says:

    Okay….look, mentally Ill??…he drove all the way to Bigfork to break into his parents cabin, took a gun, got some buillets, THEN drove all the way to IOWA, and killed two MOMS……this kid is dumb like a fox…….Lets let the system work…..(not the courts). Their are some dudes in Iowa State Prison that will greet him properly.

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