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Judge denies new trial for Andersen

A request for a new trial from Kenneth Eugene Andersen Jr., 35, has been denied.

Andersen, of rural Waubun, was convicted last month of first-degree murder in the April 13, 2007, shooting death of Chad Swedberg of rural Ogema.

His attorney, Simon George of Detroit Lakes, filed a motion June 18 for a new trial, on the basis of "interests of justice, abuse of discretion and misconduct by the state," according to court records.

At a short hearing Wednesday, District Judge Peter Irvine -- who also presided at the murder trial -- heard arguments from Andersen and from Becker County Attorney Mike Fritz before ruling against the motion and denying a new trial.