Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls and formerly of Renville, appeared in Yellow Medicine County District Court this past Thursday morning where he was officially charged with the murder of Kara Monson of Granite Falls and Chris Panitzke of Redwood Falls.
Dikken is currently facing two counts of murder in the second degree with intent for the Sept. 2 shooting at a Prentice Street residence in Granite Falls that led to the death of the two victims.
Dikken, who was arrested this past Tuesday afternoon, remains in jail and is scheduled to make his next appearance in court Oct. 3. Bail was set by the court at $3 million for Dikken.
After a 15-day manhunt by area law enforcement, Dikken showed up with members of his family at the Renville County Sheriff’s Department.
A warrant for his arrest had been issued.
According to the complaint filed in district court, an officer with the Granite Falls Police Department was called to the Prentice Street residence to investigate the report of a shooting. The report states a male individual calling 911 had said he and his girlfriend had been shot.
At the scene, officers found Chris Panitzke lying on the floor with a towel wrapped around his arm. At the time Panitzke was conscious. Panitzke told officers he and Monson had been sleeping when someone entered the house and started shooting at them. When asked, Panitzke identified “Andy” as the shooter. That person has been identified as Andrew Joseph Dikken.
Officers went into the bedroom where Monson was discovered. The report states the officer determined Monson was deceased. Panitzke was taken to the Granite Falls Hospital. At the hospital Panitzke again identified Dikken as the shooter to another officer.
Panitzke was later airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center where he died six days later as a result of the gunshot wounds he received.
Law enforcement officials determined both deaths to be homicides, which resulted in the determination to issue the warrant for Dikken’s arrest.
The complaint states as officers investigated they interviewed an individual related to Dikken who told a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) agent a gun they owned had been taken from their home without permission. The caliber of the gun described was consistent with that of the shell casings found at the residence where the shootings took place as well as from the bullets that were recovered from the victim.
Officers learned Dikken was driving a 1996 GMC pickup that was brown in color and had a topper. A pickup matching that description was recovered Sept. 4 in Redwood County in an area north of Belview. According to the report, it was determined Dikken had been driving the vehicle. The pickup was sec-ured and a subsequent investigation led to the discovery of a gun case matching the description of one described by the individual who had their weapon stolen. The investigation also revealed several text messages to Monson from Dikken which were sent within hours of the shooting. Other threatening messages were sent to Mon-son’s family members.
Page 2 of 2 - A second degree murder conviction would carry with it a sentence of up to 40 years in prison.
The Yellow Medicine County attorney’s office is prosecuting the case for the state.