Dikken Offers 2nd-degree Murder Plea 18 Oct 13

Andrew Joseph Dikken is offering to plead guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, according to a motion filed Wednesday with the District Court in Granite Falls.

The 28-year-old Renville man is charged in Yellow Medicine County with separate counts of second-degree murder, with intent but not premeditated, in the shootings of 26-year-old Kara Monson of Granite Falls, and 28-year-old Christopher Panitzke of Redwood Falls.

Dikken remains in custody in the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls on $3 million bail.

The West Central Tribune reports the criminal complaint alleges that Dikken entered Monson’s Granite Falls home in the early morning hours of Sept. 1, turned on the lights and shot her and boyfriend Panitzke as they slept.

Monson died at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds. Panitzke died Sept. 8 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis of complications from the multiple gunshot wounds he suffered.

Panitzke had called 911 shortly after the shooting and identified Dikken — a former boyfriend of Monson — as the assailant, according to the complaint.

In offering to plead guilty, Dikken states in the document that the prosecution is unwilling to discuss a reduced sentence in exchange for the plea.

The prosecution has not responded to the plea offer.