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Carl and Linda Muggli are shown with one of Linda's handmade totem poles. (File photo)

Koochiching County totem pole death brings stiffest murder charge

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A man suspected in the totem pole death of his wife will appear in Koochiching County Courthouse this morning on an indictment of first- and second-degree murder.


Carl Chester Muggli of Ray already was facing a second-degree intentional murder charge in the death of his wife when a grand jury returned the indictment Thursday, charging him with first-degree premeditated murder as well as second-degree murder.

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