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Murder suspect seeks lower bail

The attorney representing a Dodge Center man charged with murder is seeking a reduction in the bail set a week ago.

Attorney Duane Kennedy of Rochester has filed a motion to have the $1.5 million unconditional bail reduced to no more than $50,000 for Anthony Michael Tottingham, 19, who is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the shooting death of Estavon Gonzalez, 18,  on July 7.  When he was arraigned July 12, Olmsted District Judge Kevin Lund set the unconditional bail at $1.5 million. Prosecutors said the killing was done "execution" style.

Prosecutor Eric Woodford had argued for a higher bail, claiming that Tottingham is a flight risk and often lived out of his car. Woodford told the judge that Tottingham has admitted he was angry at Gonzalez for allegedly being involved in a robbery in which $1,200 worth of marijuana was stolen from Tottingham. That happened a week before the shooting.

The bail-reduction requested is expected to be discussed at Tottingham's  next court hearing Monday.

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