The Minnesota High Court affirmed its decision to reject the appeal of Andrew Dikken to withdraw his guilty plea. In 2014, Dikken was convicted of two counts of first degree murder. On September 2, 2013, he broke into the Monson home in Granite Falls. Dikken shot Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke with a pistol stolen from one of his family members. Both victims were shot multiple times. Monson was dead at the scene, but Panitzke managed to call 911 after Dikken left. Despite getting medical attention, Panitzke died six days later in the hospital.
Dikken had previously dated Monson for over three years. Patrice Monson, mother of Kara, told the courts that her daughter had witnessed Dikken use and sell drugs, and ended the relationship. Dikken was sentenced to life without parole. His appeal was based on an argument that the court erred in not accepting his plea to second degree murder. According to the court, Dikken needed to prove that his guilty plea was invalid because it was inaccurate, involuntary, or unintelligent.
“Because he failed to raise a factual dispute on any of these elements, much less prove that they were absent, the postconviction court did not abuse its discretion when it denied his petition for postconviction relief without holding an evidentiary hearing.” Dikken is currently incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Rush City.