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Forum News Service, Published October 03 2013

Granite Falls double-homicide suspect's DNA to be collected

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. - Prosecutors have been granted the opportunity to collect DNA from Andrew Dikken, the Granite Falls man accused of shooting and killing two people last month.

During a hearing Thursday in Yellow Medicine County District Court, District Judge Dwayne Knutsen granted the request made by Robert Pleska, the assistant state attorney general prosecuting the murder case.

Pleska said prosecutors want Dikken’s DNA to compare to DNA found on a tool used to cut the gas lines at Kara Monson’s Granite Falls home. Monson, 26, and Chris Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls, were shot multiple times Sept. 2 at Monson’s home. Monson died at scene; Panitzke died Sept. 8.

Dikken, 28, was the subject of a 15-day manhunt after the shooting. He has been held on $3 million bail in the Yellow Medicine County Jail since Sept. 17, when family members turned him in to law enforcement in Renville County.