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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Comments (11)
  1. Mike says:

    This smug little ____ will have his day……..

  2. lib says:

    He can run but he can’t hide, I dont care what county he will see justice.

  3. Thomas K says:

    pop pop pop

    done and out

  4. artist says:

    Guess ya gotta kill more than one to get all that special treatment huh?

  5. artist says:

    Bet he won’t be laughing when he’s convicted and becomes someone’s “honey”!!!

  6. weee says:

    Smirkmen will get his. BURN BABY BURN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Keeping it real in Minnesota says:

    There is no hiding from Justice on this one, this little deviant will get life plus life….and on top of that be in solitary confinement for many years, his case is to public, and there are some mean cats in the system hoping to get their chance.

  8. fred says:

    move the trial to a state that has the death penalty. this freak deserves the firing squad.

  9. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    What was his motive for both killings? I am wondering if he was a kid that was virtually invisable in HS and ignored by mom and dad and needed some attention. Unfortunately, two convenience store clerks had to die for his attention seeking. How very sad indeed.

  10. Chris K says:

    Who cares about him. Just execute him like he did those 2 women. I guess its not so funny anymore, huh punk

  11. Betty White says:

    Just saw him on the news laughing and smirking…ugh I hope he gets the max

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