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

Minn. man pleads guilty in totem pole death of wife


INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. - A man accused of murdering his wife with a totem pole the two were carving pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder.

Carl Chester Muggli of Ray had been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and intentional second-degree murder in the Nov. 26, 2010, death of his wife, Linda, 61, who died of severe head trauma when the log the couple had been carving for a totem pole landed on her. He has been in custody on $2 million bail.

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