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Forum News Service, Published November 13 2013

Man indicted on first-degree murder charges in Granite Falls shootings

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — A Yellow Medicine County grand jury has indicted Andrew Joseph Dikken on six counts of first-degree murder for the September shooting deaths of two people in 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 Tuesday. He had previously been charged with two counts of second-degree murder for the Sept. 2 shootings. Kara Monson, 26, was shot to death in her Granite Falls home, and Christopher Panitzke, 28, died six days later at a Twin Cities hospital.

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.