Minn. Teen Wants Iowa High Court To Combine Trials

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An attorney for a Minnesota teenager accused of killing two convenience store clerks in northern Iowa has asked the Iowa Supreme Court to combine two murder trials.

Seventeen-year-old Michael 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. A judge ruled last month that state laws don’t allow him to merge the trials because the crimes happened in different counties and different judicial districts.

The Des Moines Register says Tuesday that defense attorney Charles Kenville argued in his appeal to the Supreme Court that the judge acknowledged that few cases address the issue, and a ruling would clarify the matter.

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  • Cache

    Burn this POTUS!

  • we

    Hey Smirkmen BURN BABY BURN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • getridofem

    run one sentence after the other or give him some volts—-

  • Pixibrat

    This kids seems to think it is all a joke. I say he gets no special treatment.

  • fred

    move the trial to a state that has the death penalty. I think Utah has the firing squad option. It worked for gary gilmore

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