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Judge Moves Trial For Minn. Teen To Carroll

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

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DAKOTA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Trial for a Minnesota teenager charged in the slayings of two Iowa convenience store clerks last fall has been moved to Carroll County.

Michael Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is charged as an adult with first-degree 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.

The 17-year-old’s attorney, Charles Kenville, asked that the first of two trials, set for June 20, be moved from Humboldt County to western Iowa because of extensive publicity. Prosecutors didn’t oppose the request.

The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that the trial is still set to begin June 20. The second trial is scheduled for July 27 in Kossuth County.

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