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Man charged after severed head found in trunk

Published On: Apr 23 2013 07:26:35 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2013 01:20:48 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. -

Wisconsin prosecutors say the severed head of a Minnesota man was found in a car and other body parts were found in a Milwaukee home.

Twenty-six-year-old Kou Thao of Wausau has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide. He's being held on $1 million cash bond, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 1.

The victim was 58-year-old Tong Pao Hang of St. Paul, Minn.

The suspect's brother-in-law told investigators the suspect and victim were in the basement of a Wausau home Wednesday when a gunshot rang out. The brother-in-law went downstairs and found Hang in a pool of blood.

Thao was later arrested in Milwaukee.

Online court records didn't list a defense attorney for Thao on Tuesday. A message left with the public defender's office wasn't immediately returned.

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