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Suspect in Iowa store slayings to face 2 trials

ALGONA, Iowa (KTTC/AP) --  Two small northern Iowa communities are in disbelief, after two convenience store clerks were killed Monday night.

The Cross Roads gas station, was where disaster first struck. Authorities say the robber shot and killed a convenience store clerk, but that was only the beginning of his path of destruction. 

Authorities said that 17-year old, Michael Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota,  pulled the trigger not once, but twice, leaving two innocent women dead. Authorities said it all started in Algona, around 9 PM on Monday.

"Vicki Bowman-Hall was working behind the register when she was approached by a man wearing a ski mask. He demanded cash and cigarettes. She complied with the request and was shot," explained Kossuth County Attorney, Todd Holmes.

Less than an hour later, Swanson entered the 'Kum and Go' in Humboldt, where he shot 61-year old cashier Sheila Myers. Later that evening, he was arrested at the McDonald's in Webster City, Iowa.

As family members mourned the loss of their loved ones, community members were asking how this could happen.

"I don't feel safe now, because it could happen anywhere," said Algona resident, Andrea Myhre.

"No, it's a total shock, it just doesn't happen in Algona, Iowa," said Chris Capesius.

Swanson will face two separate trials. Prosecutors say his first trial will be in Kossuth County on charges he killed Vicki Bowman-Hall.  He is charged in each county with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

Swanson was on probation for vehicle theft when he was reported missing Monday.  An arrest warrant warned authorities he might be armed.

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