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Published June 10, 2011, 03:26 PM

Bail Set at $1 Million in International Falls Totem Pole Death

Bail set at $1 million in Koochiching County totem pole death Koochiching County District Court Judge Charles LeDuc set a second level of bail at $500,000, with the condition that Carl Muggli not leave Minnesota.

By: Mark Stodghill, Forum Communications

INTERNATIONAL FALLS — Totem pole carver Carl Muggli, 49, made his first appearance in Koochiching County District Court this afternoon, charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Linda, who died in November after a 700-pound log the couple was carving fell on her.

Judge Charles LeDuc set bail at $1 million with no conditions, meaning that Muggli could return to his most recent home, in Stockdale, Texas, about 40 miles east of San Antonio, if he is able to make bail. LeDuc set a second level of bail at $500,000, with the condition that Muggli not leave Minnesota.

Muggli, who lived with his wife in the Koochiching County community of Ray until her death, was arrested Tuesday by agents from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Texas Rangers, and deputies from Koochiching County and from Wilson County and Guadalupe County in Texas.

He was charged with the intentional second-degree murder of his 61-year-old wife.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Carl Muggli, an Alabama woman who allegedly carried on intimate and romantic Facebook conversations with Muggli told a Koochiching County sheriff’s deputy that she was on the phone with Muggli on Nov. 26, 2010, when she heard him arguing with his wife about getting a divorce.

The woman said Muggli called her back 30 minutes later and told her that an accident had happened and emergency medical technicians were working on his wife, Linda. Muggli’s wife died later that day after a totem pole she and her husband were carving was found on top of her.

Stodghill is a reporter at the Duluth News Tribune