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Teen charged in death of Minn. woman who answered Craigslist ad for baby-sitting job
Craigslist Slaying 6262094
This photo provided by the Scott County Sheriff shows Michael John Anderson, a 19-year-old man from Savage, Minn. who has been charged with second degree murder in the alleged killing of Katherine Ann Olson while she was answering an online ad for a nanny. - photo by Associated Press
    MINNEAPOLIS — A 19-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder Tuesday in the killing of a woman who answered an ad on Craigslist for a baby sitter.
    Michael John Anderson is accused of shooting Katherine Ann Olson in the back at his home in suburban Savage, according to the criminal complaint filed in Scott County District Court.
    Bail was set at $1 million.
    Olson had gone to Anderson’s home Thursday to inquire about a baby-sitting job she had seen advertised on the popular Internet bulletin board, authorities said.
    Authorities said blood was found in Anderson’s home and a gun was found in his bedroom. A neighbor saw Olson’s car sitting in front of Anderson’s house for more than two hours Thursday, the complaint said.
    The body of the 24-year-old Minneapolis woman was found Friday night in the trunk of her car, which was abandoned in a park about five blocks from Anderson’s home. Olson’s purse and a bag containing bloody towels, one of which bore Anderson’s name, were found in trash nearby.
    Anderson has been in the Scott County Jail since his arrest late Friday. His attorneys had no comment on the charge.
    ‘‘I think in a case like this, we’ll just let the judicial process take its course,’’ said Robert M. Speeter, an attorney for Anderson.
    Cell phone records indicated Anderson talked with Olson on Thursday morning, the court documents said. Anderson also said he had not used Craigslist since January, although the e-mail address in the ad matched his address. He told police his mother and three friends had access to the account.
    When confronted with evidence, Anderson admitted he was present during Olson’s slaying but said the killing was committed by a friend of his who ‘‘thought it would be funny,’’ according to the complaint.

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