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Formal charges, court appearance pending for suspect in Granite Falls double homicide

GRANITE FALLS - A court appearance for the suspect in a double homicide in Granite Falls was pending on Wednesday morning.

Court administration in Yellow Medicine County had not seen a formal complaint as of Wednesday morning to schedule an arraignment for Andrew Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls and formerly of Renville.

Dikken is currently being held in the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls with two charges of second-degree murder pending against him. Formal charges -- and a complaint describing the allegations against him -- are expected to be filed either today or tomorrow. Yellow Medicine County Attorney Keith Helgeson was unavailable for comment on when the formal charges would be filed.

Dikken is the suspect in the Sept. 2 shooting of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Chris Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls, in Monson's home. She died at the scene, and Panitzke died Sept. 8 at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he had been airlifted.

Dikken was taken into custody around 3 p.m. Tuesday when he showed up at his parents' home in Renville, and they immediately turned him in to the Renville County Sheriff in Olivia. Dikken had been the focus of an extensive search by law enforcement. His vehicle had been found two days after the shooting in a gravel pit off of Redwood County Road 7, about five miles north of Belview.

Law enforcement does not know where he has been since the shooting, and at this point he has not offered any information, according to Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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