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Evidence allowed in Minn. totem pole death


DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- 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.

The Duluth News Tribune reports 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.

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