Murder defendant released from hospital

By Laura Gossman

DODGE CENTER — The 33-year-old Dodge Center man accused of killing his wife and son and trying to kill his two daughters was released from Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester on Monday and taken to a state prison that has medical facilities.

According to authorities, Ismael Bugarin allegedly stabbed and shot his wife during a domestic dispute on Nov. 8, stabbed their three children and tried to kill himself after the children escaped to a neighbor’s house. His wife, Teresa, 27, died in their Dodge Center mobile home. Their 12-year-old son, Ismael "Nick," died at the neighbor’s house. The daughters survived.

Bugarin has been charged in Dodge District Court with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.


Dodge County Sheriff Gary Thompson said Bugarin has been taken to Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, which is a maximum-security prison in Stillwater that can assist Bugarin with his medical needs.

"I’m expecting he’ll be there a week or so before he’s put into the general population at the jail," Thompson said.

Thompson said Bugarin hasn’t made any court appearances yet.

"We want him good and stable for his court appearance," Thompson said. He’ll likely make his first appearance in about a week.

A version of this article appears in the Austin Post-Bulletin.

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