KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Bail was increased for a Ketchikan man charged with first-degree murder after his former roommate was beaten to death with a baseball bat.
The bail had been set at $50,000 but was raised to $150,000 cash for 29-year-old Carl Wayne Abuhl, charged with killing Steve Bowen. He is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 4.
A grand jury indicted Abuhl on first-degree murder and cruelty to animals charges last week. He pleaded innocent at his arraignment in Ketchikan Superior Court on Friday.
A mental examination to determine whether Abuhl is competent to stand trial has been ordered.
Police learned of Bowen's death from members of the victim's family, who went to his home May 7 after not hearing from him for several days. Police said Bowen likely had been dead several days.
At the time of the murder, Bowen lived alone. Abuhl was contacted after police learned he recently had been Bowen's roommate.
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