HUMBOLDT, Iowa (AP) — An attorney for a Minnesota teenager accused of killing two convenience store clerks in northern Iowa wants a judge to move the first of two trials because of pretrial publicity.

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.

Swanson’s first trial, on the Humboldt County case, is June 20.

The Des Moines Register says Swanson’s attorney, Charles Kenville, says in court papers filed Tuesday that the trial should be moved because media coverage has “created a high degree of prejudice” against Swanson. Prosecutors agree, and urged the judge to move the trial.

A hearing is April 12.

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Comments (6)
  1. Thomas K says:

    Give him a new location – Hell. Try the punk killer in Hell. I want front row seat

    1. Nelson says:

      +1. Hell is a great location, but I’ll be watching from Earth. Tom, I don’t think you want to be there.

  2. Keeping it real in Minnesota says:

    Looks like his attorneys are worried…..this kid knows its over…………over…….so hey! attorneys for this kid…..tell him to plea out this deal….and go do the time…..end of story.

  3. sad says:

    no no no just move to Mpls the santctuary city, no problem for the defense, he is an automatic aquital. I am sure his mama or papa said something mean to him, so no reason to kill women who
    have families…but what do they matter?

  4. fred says:

    maybe they can move the trail to a state that has the death penalty. this creep deserves the firing squad.

  5. Keeping it real in Minnesota says:


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