Muggli is pleading guilty to second-degree unintentional murder. He had been charged with first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder.
According to the criminal complaint, filed in June 2011:
On Nov. 26, 2010, a sheriff's deputy called to the couple's garage found Linda Muggli on the floor, bleeding from the mouth but still breathing. She was taken to a hospital, where she died.
Later that day, Carl Muggli told a deputy that a totem pole that the couple had been working on fell out of its cradle and onto his wife.
But about a week later, a tipster told the sheriff's office about Facebook entries between Muggli and a woman in Alabama that were "very intimate in nature," the complaint read.
A state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent reviewed Muggli's computer and uncovered Facebook messages between him and the woman stretching from more than a month before Linda Muggli's death to a few days afterward.
"I love you with all my being. . . . I want us together to live our lives as we seek. For I am with you. I am yours. We are one!" Muggli wrote the day before Linda Muggli's death to the woman he called "Eveningstar."
He also began sending emails to real-estate companies in Texas, looking for a new place to live. On Nov. 30, a few hours after his wife's memorial service, Muggli sent the woman an online link for property in Palestine, Texas.
A month after Linda Muggli died, sheriff's deputies and an agent with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension went to the Muggli home in an effort to re-create the circumstances of the death as Carl Muggli had outlined. Each effort failed.
Linda and Carl Muggli were married in 1986. They lived quietly in a log home in the town of Ray.
Via the Internet, they made a name for themselves, carving and selling totem poles to Six Flags Theme Park, Warner Brothers Television and the Princess Diana Memorial Children's Park in London, according to their website.