Evidence allowed in Minn. totem pole death

Published 9:02 am Friday, July 6, 2012

DULUTH — Evidence from the computers of a Koochiching County man accused of using a totem pole to kill his wife will be allowed in the case against him.

Carl Chester Muggli, of Ray, is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the November 2010 death of his 61-year-old wife, Linda. She died of head trauma.

The 50-year-old totem pole carver asked the court to suppress evidence obtained during a search of his computers, claiming it was obtained in violation of his constitutional rights.

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The judge denied the request.

The court also denied Muggli’s motions to suppress evidence obtained from a search of his alleged lover’s e-mail account and to suppress his statements to Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents.

No future court dates were scheduled.