Teen kills 61 year old woman, mother of 11 in Iowa

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Cops: Teen kills mom of 11, 61-year-old woman
Store clerks were shot so they would not call authorities, affidavit says

. Jeff Heinz  /  The Globe-Gazette via AP
Michael Richard Swanson, 17, was recently released from the Hennepin County Home School in Minnesota after serving more than 100 days for theft, an official said.msnbc.com staff and news service reports msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 11/17/2010 8:33:17 AM ET 2010-11-17T13:33:17
Share Print Font: +-DES MOINES, Iowa -- Authorities on Tuesday charged a Minnesota teenager with murdering two convenience store clerks at separate stores in northern Iowa.

Michael Richard Swanson, a 17-year-old from St. Louis Park, Minn., was charged as an adult with two counts each of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in slayings in Kossuth and Humboldt counties.

Swanson appeared in a Kossuth County courtroom and was ordered held on $1 million cash bond. He was assigned an attorney from the state Public Defender's office in Fort Dodge, but officials from the office declined to comment.

Ski mask
Kossuth County Attorney Todd Holmes said during a news conference in Algona that Swanson walked into the Crossroads Gas Station on U.S. Highway 18 in Algona just after 9 p.m. Monday wearing a ski mask and demanded cash and cigarettes from the clerk, 47-year-old Vicky Bowman-Hall. Holmes said Swanson shot her even though she complied with the request.

About an hour later, Swanson walked into a Kum and Go convenience store in Humboldt, about 30 miles south of Algona and shot and killed Sheila Myers, 61, who died at the scene, Holmes said.

The teen said he shot both clerks intentionally so that they would not call authorities or identify him, the Des Moines Register reported, citing an affidavit filed in Kossuth and Humboldt counties.

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Cops: Teen kills mom of 11, 61-year-old woman
..Holmes said it appears Swanson acted alone and that no link was found between the stores where the shootings occurred. He declined to disclose some details about the shootings, including whether others were in the stores at the time or why Swanson was in Iowa.

.Swanson, who was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee, was arrested at a McDonald's in Webster City, about 60 miles from where the first shooting occurred. While authorities did not say  how the teen got the Jeep, Minnesota records show a 2002 Jeep registered to his mother, Kathleen Swanson, the Des Moines Register reported.

'Senseless act'
Lisa Abens, director of operations for Wessles Oil Company, which owns the Algona gas station, said in a written statement that Bowman-Hall, an assistant manager, followed company policy when confronted.

"She did everything correctly but was still the victim of a senseless act," Abens said.

Bowman-Hall's daughter, Julia Krug, 24, said her mother had 11 children, ranging in age from 5 to 27. She said her mom was the "rock" of the family, working 60 or more hours a week.

"She never asked for anything from anybody," Krug said.

She also said her mom was a wonderful grandmother to seven grandchildren.

"She would have them over at her house on weekends and make them pancakes in the middle of the night if they wanted them," Krug said.

Krug said she made it to the hospital before her mother died, making the decision to take her off life-support.

The court complaint, published on The Des Moines Register website, says Swanson told police he shot the clerks so they could not call police or identify him. Officers recovered the stolen money and cigarettes as well as a handgun when they arrested Swanson, the affidavit said.

..A phone message seeking comment left Tuesday at Myers' home was not immediately returned.

Calls to Swanson's parents' home number rang unanswered. The Associated Press also submitted a request to speak to Swanson with the Kossuth County sheriff, who oversees the jail.

Swanson pleaded guilty in July to motor vehicle theft for a crime that happened when he was 16, Hennepin County attorney's office spokesman Santo Cruz said. Information about that case is public because the charge was a felony, though other details about Swanson's record aren't public because of his age, Cruz said. St. Louis Park is in the county.

'Kid has a lot of problems'
Swanson was recently released from the Hennepin County Home School after serving more than 100 days for the theft, said county spokeswoman Carolyn Marinan. She said probation

Will this wake the Governor of Iowa up so they can finally bring the death penalty back? >:(

Full article is here along with picture of the accused
My reason for supporting the death penalty? A murderer has less of a right to live than his victim and already presents a danger while incarcerated for life. They have nothing to lose when the most they can get is Life in prison without parole.


Grrrr, what a dirty face on photo... >:(

This bastard laughs >:( Is it funny to kill humans >:( ?






Granny B

November 18, 2010, 03:38:55 AM Last Edit: November 18, 2010, 03:40:29 AM by Granny B
Suspect in Iowa store slayings to face 2 trials

In this undated photo provided by Julia Krug, Vicky Bowman-Hall is shown. Bowman-Hall, 47, an assistant manager at a Algona, Iowa gas station.

By MICHAEL J. CRUMB and AMY FORLITI, Associated Press Michael J. Crumb And Amy Forliti, Associated Press - Wed Nov 17, 5:25 pm ET

DES MOINES, Iowa - A Minnesota teenager accused of killing two clerks at different convenience stores in northern Iowa will face two separate trials, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Michael Richard Swanson, 17, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in both Kossuth and Humboldt counties. He's accused of walking into a gas station in Algona Monday night and shooting Vicky Bowman-Hall, 47, who died at a local hospital. Prosecutors said he then drove to Humboldt, about 30 miles south of Algona, and shot and killed 61-year-old Sheila Myers at another store.

Swanson is being held in the Kossuth County jail on $1 million cash bond. A preliminary hearing in Kossuth County is scheduled for Nov. 29.

Kossuth County Attorney Todd Holmes said the cases will be tried separately because the shootings occurred in different jurisdictions.

"A lot of the preliminary work will be done in conjunction with one another but the trials will have to be separate," Holmes said.

Charles Kenville, the state public defender appointed to represent Swanson, declined comment.

Julia Krug, Bowman-Hall's 24-year-old daughter, said her mother worked 60 hours or more a week to support the family. She said her family struggled and that she and some of her 10 siblings were placed in foster care for a time.

"When she got her life back on track she pulled the family back together," Krug said of her mother.

Mandy Myers, 30, whose mother was shot and killed at the Humboldt store, called her mother a "true angel."

"She was always putting us first," Myers said of her mother. "She saved every penny she had so we could go on vacation every year. Even pennies she found on the floor she saved so we could go on vacation and have some fun."

Autopsies were being conducted late Wednesday, said Courtney Greene, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Swanson has had several scrapes with the law, according to Minnesota court and police records.

He pleaded guilty in July to a felony count of stealing a car from his neighborhood and then crashing it into a parked Cadillac Escalade, records show.

He ran from the scene, and police found him hiding behind a parked vehicle, drunk. According to the criminal complaint, Swanson gave police a fake name and birthday, and later vomited in the back seat of the patrol car, telling the officers he had consumed "a lot of vodka."

Swanson frequently disobeyed his household rules and acted out in the home, putting himself and those around him at risk of harm, the records state.

According to police logs, officers were called to Swanson's home at least 10 times since 2006 on reports of assaults, threats, weapons violence and theft. The logs don't say who the subject of the calls were and details weren't available because the calls involved a juvenile.

Swanson was released from a juvenile rehabilitation center on Nov. 3. A warrant issued for his arrest shows his family told police he left the family home on Sunday night and took his mother's debit card and her Jeep Grand Cherokee without her permission.

The family told police they believed he went to their cabin in the northern Minnesota community of Bigfork, where he broke in and took weapons, including a rifle, the warrant states. It says Swanson was in violation of his probation for the car theft and warned authorities he might be armed.

There was no answer at his parents' home in St. Louis Park when a reporter knocked on the door Wednesday morning.

Kossuth County Sheriff Steve Kollasch said Swanson, who was smiling as he was led into the courthouse Tuesday for his initial appearance, has been quiet since he was booked into jail.

"He has said very little," Kollasch said. "I don't know why he was smiling, or what he has to smile about. It's disappointing to me. I see no signs of remorse and I don't know why."

Michael Richard Swanson, 17, was recently released from the Hennepin County Home School in Minnesota after serving more than 100 days for theft, an official said.

Forliti reported from St. Louis Park, Minn.

" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy


He looks like the type of person I'd love to smack across the face....
My reason for supporting the death penalty? A murderer has less of a right to live than his victim and already presents a danger while incarcerated for life. They have nothing to lose when the most they can get is Life in prison without parole.

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