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Jury in place, murder trial starts Monday

Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in the murder trial of Ken Andersen of rural Waubun.

Jury selection started Monday and wrapped up late Thursday morning. Twelve jurors are required for a murder trial. The defense was allowed to reject 15 potential jurors, the prosecution could reject nine.

Andersen, 34, was indicted by a Becker County grand jury in September for first-degree, premeditated homicide in the April 13 shooting death of Chad Swedberg, which occurred while he was processing maple syrup near his home in rural Ogema.

Assistant Attorney General Al Zdrazil is handling prosecution of the case, along with County Attorney Mike Fritz.

Attorney Rory Durkin, of Giancola Law Office, Anoka, is handling the defense.

The trial is expected to last four to six weeks.

(Nathan Bowe can be reached at nbowe@dlnewspapers.