WINDOM — A murder charge has been filed in Cottonwood County District Court against a Windom man who allegedly choked a man during an altercation Thursday.
Ralph Leslie Apmann, 57, of Windom, was arrested Thursday.
According to the criminal complaint, officers of the Windom Police Department were dispatched to the Phat Pheasant Pub at 12:43 a.m. Thursday for an unresponsive male. Officers were reportedly told that the male victim had been drinking and was last seen with Apmann and another individual. The criminal complaint stated that Apmann thought the victim was “causing problems” with other customers, and asked the victim to play pool with him. They played pool and went outside to smoke, and then the victim allegedly punched Apmann. The two fought, and Apmann said he placed the victim in a choke hold until he stopped struggling, but that the man was alive when he left.
The victim’s wallet was found at the scene without money in it, but a person stated he’d had a couple hundred dollars earlier that night.
A large amount of cash was allegedly found in a drawer in Apmann’s residence during a police search.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s provisional autopsy report indicated the manner of death as homicide, with the cause of death pending. The victim reportedly had multiple injuries to his neck.
Apmann was charged with second-degree murder, a felony, which carries a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison.
Apmann is being held in the Cottonwood County Jail. His bail hearing was Friday, and his cash bail was set at $150,000 with conditions, including abstaining from possession and use of alcohol and drugs, or $1 million without conditions.