St. Paul man's head found in Wis.; man charged in homicide

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Wisconsin prosecutors say the severed head of a St. Paul man was found in a car, and other body parts were discovered in locations around Milwaukee, the Associated Press reports.

Kou Thao, 26, of Wausau, Wis., has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the slaying of Tong Pao Hang, 58, of St. Paul, the AP reports.

Thao is being held on $1 million cash bond, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 1. Thao made his initial appearance Monday in Marathon County Circuit Court, the Wausau Daily Herald reported.

Thao is accused of dismembering the body of the victim, and he also faces felony charges of hiding a corpse and possession of a firearm as a felon, the newspaper reported.

Thao was arrested Thursday in Milwaukee as investigators probed the disappearance of Hang, the Daily Herald reported.

Thao's brother-in-law had told investigators the suspect and victim, a family friend, had been in the basement of a Wausau home on April 17 when a gun was fired. The brother-in-law went downstairs and found Hang in a pool of blood.

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