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Wauburn man indicted for first-degree murder to see grand jury transcripts

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Farmington, 55024
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

A rural Waubun man indicted for first-degree murder by a Becker County grand jury Sept. 18 will be able to see a transcript of witness testimony in that case.

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Kenneth Eugene Andersen, 34, of Fish Hook Lake, appeared at an omnibus hearing Monday afternoon before District Judge Mark Hansen.

Andersen's attorney, William Bulmer II of Giancola Law Office in Anoka, made an oral motion to be granted access to the grand jury transcript.

Becker County Attorney Joe Evans did not object, provided the transcript includes only witness testimony, not the entire proceedings. Bulmer concurred, and Hansen granted the motion.

He also granted a "housekeeping" motion by Evans to make several language corrections in the grand jury indictment. Bulmer did not object.

The grand jury indicted Andersen for first-degree premeditated homicide in the April 13 shooting death of Chad Swedberg of rural Ogema.

At the time of the indictment, Andersen was already in jail on a second-degree homicide charge filed earlier in the same case. He remains in jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

Bulmer said Andersen steadfastly maintains his innocence, and added that he expects a contested omnibus hearing to be held later.

"There's going to be a lot revealed in upcoming hearings," Bulmer told reporters. "A lot of this we believe is inconsistencies with local law enforcement -- there were certainly people who had more to gain from Mr. Swedberg's death (than Andersen did). They were childhood friends."

Andersen's next court date was not set Monday.

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