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Associated Press, Published February 08 2013

Lawyer: Minn. dad feels 'overwhelming guilt'

MINNEAPOLIS — The attorney for a Minnetrista man says his client feels "overwhelming guilt" after his SUV crashed through thin ice and his baby daughter drowned.

Forty-one-year-old Jonathan Markle appeared in court Friday, a day after being charged with criminal vehicular homicide.

Prosecutors say Markle had a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 percent two hours after his SUV broke through the ice of Lake Minnetonka last month. Minnesota's legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Markle, his wife and their 2-year-old daughter escaped, but his 8-month-old daughter Tabitha was strapped in the backseat. Firefighters pulled her out, but she died at a hospital.

Markle's attorney, Joe Friedberg, says the system "can't punish him any more than he has been punished."

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports bail for Markle was set at $10,000.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.