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Brainerd man faces murder charges in woman’s death

According to the criminal complaint, a man requested a welfare check at the residence for his ex-wife after Michael Munger messaged him that his ex-wife was “gone.”

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A member of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension walks back to her van Thursday, April 28, 2022, while investigating an incident on the Smith Road north of Brainerd in Unorganized Territory.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
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BRAINERD — A 53-year-old Brainerd man faces murder charges in connection with the death of 43-year-old Lynnie Ann Loucks on Thursday morning at the home they lived in north of Brainerd.

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Michael Lowell Munger
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Michael Lowell Munger was arraigned Friday, April 29, in Crow Wing County District Court on charges of second-degree murder with intent but without premeditation and second-degree murder without intent but while committing a felony.

Munger was arrested Thursday morning after the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a request for a welfare check at a house in Unorganized Territory north of Brainerd.

According to the criminal complaint, a man requested a welfare check at the residence for his ex-wife, Loucks, after Munger messaged him that his ex-wife was “gone.”

When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found Munger in the driveway of the residence with blood on his body and clothing. He told deputies something to the effect of, “You’re too late, she’s gone,” according to the criminal complaint.

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Loucks was located inside a basement bedroom in the house lying on the ground in a pool of blood with a belt around her neck.

In a statement to law enforcement after he was arrested, Munger said he and Loucks, with whom he had been in a relationship for the past year, got into an argument about infidelity early Thursday morning. Munger told law enforcement officers he “did what he did” and used a belt to strangle Loucks and a baseball bat to strike her.

During his court appearance Friday, Munger was appointed a public defender. He is being held in the Crow Wing County Jail on a $3 million unconditional bond. His next court hearing is scheduled for May 12.

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