ALGONA, Iowa (AP) — Trial for a Minnesota teenager charged with killing two convenience store clerks in Iowa has been moved to Lyon County in northwest Iowa.

Michael Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is charged with first-degree murder and robbery in Kossuth and Humboldt counties. The 18-year-old is accused of killing one clerk in Algona and another clerk in Humboldt on Nov. 15. He is facing separate trials in each slaying.

The Des Moines Register is reporting Wednesday that a judge has granted Swanson’s attorney’s request to move the Kossuth County case because of pre-trial publicity. The trial, which is scheduled for July 27, has been moved to Rock Rapids.

Swanson’s trial on the Humboldt County charges had already been moved to Carroll County. It is set for June 20.

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Comments (5)
  1. mpls sux says:

    Fry him. Slowly and painfully so he can know what pain and suffering he has caused is like.

    1. Auntie Venom says:

      It should be so, but Iowa is just as stupid as Minnesota where capital punishment is concerned.

  2. Mike says:

    Y’all funny!

    Who’s laughing now you little punk.
    Have a good life.

  3. Cache says:

    Time to bring back a real death penalty with firing squads…and must be carried out!

  4. We says:

    Hey smirkmen I hope you get life without parole so you can suffer everyday for the rest of your miserable useless life!

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