Upon deputies’ arrival, the Brainerd Dispatch reports the suspect, Michael Munger, was in the driveway with blood on his body and clothes, and he told authorities something to the effect of, "You’re too late, she’s gone."
Deputies reportedly searched the home and located Munger’s live-in girlfriend, Lynnie Ann Loucks, deceased lying in a pool of blood in a basement bedroom with a belt around her neck.
The victim’s ex-husband allegedly received a text from Munger that said Loucks was "gone," and he requested the initial welfare check.
According to a complaint obtained by the Brainerd Dispatch, Munger told authorities he and his girlfriend got into an argument revolving around infidelity, and he "did what he did," and strangled Loucks with the belt and hit her with a baseball bat.
On Friday, April 29, Munger reportedly appeared in court for his arraignment and was charged with second-degree murder with intent but without premeditation and second-degree murder without intent but while committing a felony. He remains held in the Crow Wing County Jail on $3 million bond. His next court hearing is scheduled for May 12.
According to the Brainerd Dispatch, Munger has a lengthy criminal history, including domestic violence, felony terroristic threats, and felony violating an order of protection.