Minnesota Teen Wants 2nd Murder Trial in Iowa Moved

17-year-old Michael Swanson is escorted from the Kossuth County Courthouse on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. A judge heard arguments Tuesday on a motion to combine Swanson's trials. Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is charged as an adult with murder and robbery in Kossuth and Humboldt counties. (Angie Hunt/KCCI)


By Aaron Hepker

ALGONA, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota teenager charged with killing two convenience store clerks in Iowa wants his trial in Kossuth County moved to another location.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is charged with first-degree murder and robbery in Kossuth and Humboldt counties. He was 17 when he allegedly killed a clerk in Algona and another in Humboldt on Nov. 15.

Swanson's first trial in Humboldt County has been moved to Carroll County. It's to begin June 20.

WHO-TV in Des Moines says Monday that Swanson's attorney, Charles Kenville, has now asked a Kossuth County judge to move that trial, set for July 27. A hearing is pending.

Earlier this month, the Iowa Supreme Court denied Kenville's request to review a lower court's decision against combining the trials.

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