Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, March 2, 1998

One man charged in Hutchinson murder

Douglas Leon Jaster, 39, of Hutchinson, was charged with one felony county of murder in the second degree for intentionally causing the death of Michael Toovey, 44, of Hutchinson, according to the McLeod County Attorney's office.

A little after 6 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, Toovey was found dead in his home at 510 E. Highway 7 by the Hutchinson Police Department after they were called to the residence.

Toovey had died from multiple blunt-force trauma, and appeared to have been severely beaten, according to the Hutchinson Police Department.

At 10:45 p.m., Feb. 21, Jaster was taken into custody by Hutchinson Police.

He was advised of the complaint and his rights in the McLeod County District Court on Monday. The court set bail at $700,000.

The defendant's next court appearance is scheduled for March 6 in McLeod County District Court.

Jaster could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of second degree murder.

At this time, there have been no other charges filed to anyone else in connection with the murder. The McLeod County Attorney's office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Hutchinson Police Department are continuing the investigation.

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