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Suspect: Waseca farmhouse killings were accidental

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -- A man charged in the Waseca farmhouse killings tells investigators that the shooting of three members of the Kruger family was completely accidental.

On Wednesday, jurors watched a videotape of a state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent interrogate 26-year-old Michael Zabawa.

On the tape, Zabawa intially denies entering the Kruger's home before dawn in February 2007 but then says he went in looking for help after getting his SUV stuck outside.

Zabawa says a man pulled a gun on him, and there was a struggle in the bedroom and a man and a woman were shot. He says it was a pump-action shotgun.

He says he dropped the gun as a child ran by, but he didn't know that child was hit because he was running out of the house.

Thirteen-year-old Alec and his father, Tracy, were shot dead, while his wife Hilary was seriously injured. Zabawa has pleaded not guilty to the crimes.

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