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Dakota man being referred for second-degree murder in connection to wife's death
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Dakota man being referred for second-degree murder in connection to wife's death

Dakota man referred for second-degree murder


Joseph Bailly Wright, 79, of Dakota is facing second-degree murder charges Saturday in connection with the death of his wife Friday.

Wright was booked Saturday in the La Crosse County Jail.

Wright called the sheriff’s office at 10:54 a.m. Friday saying he had killed his 72-year-old wife, according to the Winona County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Ron Ganrude.

The call was eventually dropped, but law enforcement determined it originated from the 45000 block of County Road 12 in Dakota.

Authorities discovered the victim’s body and said they determined Wright had received injuries that were not life-threatening, which are believed to be self-inflicted. Authorities did not disclose the cause of the injuries for either the victim or Wright.

Wright was taken to a hospital for surgery on his wrist, Ganrude said.

While Wright is booked in Wisconsin, he is facing extradition to Minnesota.

The sheriff’s office advises that an investigation is ongoing and there is no threat to the public as a result of the incident.

Responding agencies included the Winona County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota DNR, Dakota Fire and Rescue, Nodine Fire and Rescue and Tri-State Ambulance.


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