Craigslist killer guilty on all counts

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Michael Anderson, the 20-year-old man accused of killing a woman he lured to his Savage home with a fake Craigslist ad for a babysitter, has been found guilty of all charges by a jury.

Anderson was found guilty of first- and second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old Katherine Olson of Minneapolis.

Anderson will be sentenced at 10:30 this morning.

Relatives of the victim will be invited to give impact statements before the sentencing, the Star Tribune says.

The jury deliberated just five hours before coming to a verdict around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The defense had tried to argue that Anderson had lured the victim to his home for sex and accidentally shot her when she tried to leave. The jury determined he had planned to kill her.

More from the Strib:
As the first-degree murder verdict was read, Olson's family members sighed, closed their eyes and embraced.

The victim's father, the Rev. Rolf Olson of Cottage Grove, said afterward that the family was "thankful" for the trial's outcome. But he added: "I'm just so sad we had to be here at all ... We felt this was the last act of parenting for our daughter."

Anderson showed no reaction, but his father closed his eyes at the sound of the guilty verdicts. He and his wife declined to comment as they left the courthouse.


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