Murderer Mental Health Defense 17 Feb 14

The lawyers for a Renville man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend in September plan to raise a mental-health defense when his trial begins later this year. A reportedly judge had no objection Friday to the defense’s intention regarding 28-year-old Andrew Dikken. Dikken sat quietly through the hearing and didn’t acknowledge the dozens of relatives of the victims. He is accused of killing 26-year-old Kara Monson of Granite Falls and 28-year-old Christopher Panitzke of Redwood Falls. Monson died at the scene, but Panitzke allegedly identified the shooter before dying six days later. The defense attorneys on Friday asked the judge in the case to order a mental-health evaluation, and it was approved.