Dikken faces six counts of first-degree murder in Granite Falls double homicide


A Yellow Medicine County grand jury has come back with a first-degree murder indictment against the suspect in a September double homicide in Granite Falls.

Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Renville has been indicted on six counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 26-year-old Kara Monson of Granite Falls and 28-year-old Christopher Panitzke of Redwood Falls, according to a report in the West Central Tribune.

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

Monson was Dikken's ex-girlfriend. She and her boyfriend Panitzke were shot to death inside of her home on the night of Sept. 2. Authorities say Panitzke was able to identify Dikken as the shooter before he died six days later from injuries suffered in the shooting.

According to the criminal complaint, Dikken allegedly entered Monson’s home during the early morning hours of Labor Day, flipped on the lights in the bedroom where the couple was sleeping and started shooting.

Dikken has been in custody since showing up at his parents home on Sept. 17.

KSTP reports that a first-degree murder conviction carries a life sentence.

Dikken made his first appearance on the new charges Tuesday evening. He had previously been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in those shootings and had offered to plead guilty. That offer was rejected when prosecutors announced plans to seek first-degree murder charges.

He remains in the Yellow Medicine County Jail on $3 million bail.

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