Minnesota teen will face separate trials

A Minnesota teenager charged with killing two convenience store clerks in Iowa Wednesday will face separate trials for the incident that took place in November, the Pioneer Press reported.

Michael Swanson, 17, of St. Louis Park faces two sets of first-degree murder and robbery in Algona, Iowa, KARE 11 reported.

Kossuth County District Judge David Lester ruled Tuesday that he can't merge the trials because the crimes were committed in different counties and different judicial districts, KARE 11 reported.

The attorney for Swanson said that the trials should be merged because they plan to use the insanity defense for both cases, the Pioneer Press reported.

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