State will lead Swanson murder prosecution
The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office will be prosecuting the three individuals arrested after the November disappearance and death of Annika Swanson, 22, of Imperial.
Attorneys Doug Warner and Mike Guinan have been assigned the case by the AG’s office. Warner works out of the AG’s Scottsbluff office, while Guinan is in Lincoln.
The state’s handling of the prosecution of all three individuals arrested in the case came at the request of Chase County officials.
Arrested on first degree murder charges were Kevin S. German, 24, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Keonna N. Carter, 22, of Taylorsville, Utah.
The pair was arrested Nov. 23 in Fort Collins, Colorado, initially charged with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, kidnapping, false imprisonment, terroristic threats and third degree assault.
The first degree murder charges were added Nov. 25 after Swanson’s body was found about five miles south of Imperial.
Also arrested in the case was Russell Mann, 43, of rural Enders on two counts of accessory to kidnapping.
German, Carter and Mann all received court-appointed attorneys Nov. 25 in Chase County Court.
Todd Lancaster with the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy in Lincoln will be lead counsel in representing German.
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