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Hearing today for Andrew Dikken in double murder case

GRANITE FALLS — There is a pretrial hearing this afternoon for Andrew Dikken in the first-degree murder case against him for the September slayings of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls.

The hearing is before District Judge Thomas Van Hon in Yellow Medicine County District Court. Dikken’s jury trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 8.

Dikken is accused of fatally shooting Monson, with whom he had a previous relationship, and Panitzke as they slept in Monson’s home on Sept. 2. A grand jury indicted Dikken on six counts of first-degree murder in November. Prosecutors had rejected his offer to plead guilty to the original second-degree murder charges.

He is currently held in the Yellow Medicine County Jail on charges including two counts of first-degree murder for premeditation, two counts for murder while committing the act of burglary and two counts of murder while committing or attempting to commit arson.

Dikken could face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of first-degree murder.

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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