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Published November 17, 2010, 11:29 AM

Suspect in Iowa store slayings to face 2 trials

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota teenager accused of killing two clerks at different convenience stores in northern Iowa will face two separate trials.

By: MICHAEL J. CRUMB, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota teenager accused of killing two clerks at different convenience stores in northern Iowa will face two separate trials.

Prosecutors say 17-year-old Michael Richard Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., will first face trial in Kossuth County on charges he killed Vicky Bowman-Hall. She died after being shot Monday night at the Crossroads gas station in Algona. Swanson will then face trial in the death of Sheila Myers, who was shot and killed at a Kum & Go store in Humboldt.

Swanson is charged in each county with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

Swanson was on probation for vehicle theft when he was reported missing Monday. An arrest warrant warned authorities he might be armed.

Swanson's attorney, Charles Kenville, declined comment Wednesday.

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