A Carroll County jury has found 18-year-old Michael Swanson guilty of first degree murder in the shooting death of 61-year-old Sheila Myers.
Swanson drove from his home in Minnesota to Algona on November 15th, 2010 and shot Myers in the head while robbing the Kum and Go she worked at. Prosecutors said Swanson had been well-prepared to commit the crime, having brought several weapons with him stolen from his family’s cabin.
During the trial, prosecutors played portions of an interview Swanson had with investigators. In the video he described the shooting of Sheila Myers and says he felt “powerful.”
“It had no effect on me, I just didn’t even care. I felt like my adrenaline was pumping and I felt good,” Swanson told DCI Agent Mike Krapfl.
Swanson’s defense claimed he was insane at the time of the murder. His mother testified that he had always had behavioral problems. She claimed a doctor told her he should be locked up.
Swanson’s trial was moved from Humboldt County because of pre-trial publicity.
A guilty verdict was also returned on a first degree burglary charge.
The guilty murder verdict means Swanson is facing a mandatory life sentence in prison.
His second murder trial, for the shooting death of Vicky Bowman-Hall in Algona, is scheduled for July in Lyon County. It was moved from Kossuth County because of pre-trial publicity.