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Prosecutor won't hear plea in Minn. double killing

News Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
Prosecutor won't hear plea in Minn. double killing
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have refused to hear a Minnesota man's offer to plead guilty in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and another man.

Instead, prosecutors plan to convene a grand jury in the case.

Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew Dikken (DEE'-kehn) of Renville had intended to plead guilty Wednesday to two counts of second-degree murder.

But because the prosecution plans to convene a grand jury, The West Central Tribune reports the judge would not hear Dikken's plea offer.

A grand jury is required in Minnesota to bring an indictment for first-degree murder.

Dikken is charged in the shooting deaths last month of 26-year-old Kara Monson and her 28-year-old boyfriend, Chris Panitzke (pah-NIHT'-skee). The victims were shot in Monson's Granite Falls home. Monson died at the scene and Panitzke died days later at HCMC.

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