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A Minnesota Woman Had Two Black Eyes. So Her Father Dug a Hole and Killed Her Boyfriend, Police Claim.

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Source: Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Aug. 25 2023, Published 11:07 a.m. ET

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A father in Minnesota allegedly shot his daughter’s boyfriend to death and then burying the body in a makeshift grave, authorities said.

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Michael Lee LaFlex, 45, faces a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of 23-year-old Bryce Brogle, the Brainerd Dispatch reported.

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The suspect’s daughter told investigators her boyfriend had gone missing after going with her father to a storage unit in Crow Wing County on Oct. 26, a criminal complaint states.

A person with information about the case, who was not named in the complaint, contacted police and claimed one of LaFlex’s relatives was disclosing details about the incident.

According to the witness, the defendant “believed Brogle had been abusing his daughter” so he “shot Brogle at a storage unit complex” and “subsequently moved the body using a sled,” the complaint states.

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LaFlex allegedly used bleach to clean up the storage unit and then “informed the family member that he had disposed of the body and that the deceased, Brogle, would not be found as the body had been buried,” the witness said, according to the complaint.

The following day, officers executed a search warrant on the property and found blood on the floor and a bottle of bleach, the complaint states.

The landlord of the victim and LaFlex’s daughter called investigators and claimed the defendant had contacted him and asked if Brogle had hurt his daughter, the complaint states.

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Investigators said in the complaint the landlord reported seeing the suspect’s daughter with two black eyes and said the suspect “said he was going to kill Brogle and already had the hole dug.”

On Oct. 30, investigators found Brogle’s body in a grave on public land. An autopsy determined he died from an apparent gunshot wound to the back of his head.

LaFlex was being held on $2 million bail.

His trial was recently delayed due to an evidence backlog, the Brainard Dispatch reported. He was being held in the Crow Wing County jail.


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