Ex-boyfriend charged in Minn. double homicide

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A west-central Minnesota man is charged with murder in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend.

The Yellow Medicine County prosecutor charged 28-year-old Andrew Dikken (DEE’-kehn) of Granite Falls Wednesday with two counts of second-degree murder.

Dikken turned himself in at the Renville County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say Dikken was being sought in the deaths of 26-year-old Kara Monson and her 28-year-old boyfriend, Chris Panitzke (pah-NIHT’-skee), of Redwood Falls.

Dikken had been missing since Monson and Pantizke were fatally shot Sept. 2 in Granite Falls. He’s scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday.

Dikken remains in jail. Monson’s cousin, Eric Monson, tells the West Central Tribune (http://bit.ly/14gOdQT ) the family is relieved Dikken is in custody and that his arrest is one step toward closure.

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Information from: West Central Tribune, http://www.wctrib.com

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