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Jury Set For Man Accused Of Killing Iowa Clerk

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Michael Richard Swanson (credit: Kossuth County Sheriff's Office)

Michael Richard Swanson (credit: Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office)

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CARROLL, Iowa (AP) – Attorneys have agreed to a jury for the first-degree murder trial of a Minnesota man accused of killing an Iowa convenience store clerk in Humboldt.

The Des Moines Register reports it took lawyers about five hours Monday to agree to the eight-woman, six-man jury for the trial, which was moved from Humboldt County to Carroll County in western Iowa because of pre-trial publicity.

This is the first of two trials for 18-year-old Michael Richard Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., who also is accused of killing a store clerk in Algona. Both killings occurred on Nov. 15, 2010.

If Swanson is convicted on the murder charge, he would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Swanson’s trial for the Algona slaying is scheduled for July 27 in Lyon County.

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