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Dikken indicted on six counts of first-degree murder for double homicide

Andrew Dikken was indicted Tuesday on six counts of first-degree murder.

GRANITE FALLS — A Yellow Medicine County grand jury has indicted Andrew Joseph Dikken on six counts of first-degree murder for the September shooting deaths of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls.

The indictment was handed down Tuesday and includes two counts of first-degree murder for premeditation, two counts for murder while committing the act of burglary and two for committing or attempting to commit arson.

Dikken, 28, of Renville, made his first appearance on the new charges at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday before District Judge Thomas Van Hon, according to the court file. He had previously been charged with two counts of second-degree murder for the Sept. 2 shootings. Monson was dead at the scene of the shooting, her home along Prentice Street in Granite Falls, and Panitzke died six days later of his injuries at a Twin Cities hospital.

Dikken is being prosecuted by Robert Plesha with the Minnesota Attorney General’s office. Dikken is represented by Stephen Ferrazzano II.

Under Minnesota law, the punishment for first-degree murder is life in prison and only a grand jury can bring first-degree murder charges.

Dikken remains in custody in the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls on $3 million bail. The court set high bail over concerns for public safety and the risk of flight after Dikken was the focus of a two-week manhunt after the shooting.

He has been in custody since Sept. 17 when he showed up at his parents’ home and they turned him into authorities.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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