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$1M cash bond for former boyfriend charged with killing La Crosse woman

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Erik Sackett makes his first appearance in La Crosse County Circuit Court on a homicide charge in the death of Erin Somvilai. Bond was set at $1 million by Judge Ramona Gonzalez. Erik Sackett makes his first appearance in La Crosse County Circuit Court on a homicide charge in the death of Erin Somvilai. Bond was set at $1 million by Judge Ramona Gonzalez.
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

Prosecutors charged a former boyfriend with the death of a woman whose body was found in a Vernon County lake.

Erik Sackett was charged with one count of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of Erin Somvilai also known as Erin Bushek. 

He'd been in the La Crosse County Jail since June on an unrelated sexual assault case.

During the court appearance Thursday afternoon, Judge Gloria Doyle gave Sackett a $1 million cash bond.

Somvilai's body was found in Runge Hollow Lake by a fisherman on June 17. Police say Somvilai's body had been weighted with concrete blocks.

Her family had reported the 35-year-old woman missing June 4.

The criminal complaint said the two had a previous romantic relationship. Sackett told investigators that he was seeing another woman which caused Somvilai to become jealous and threaten to harm herself. 

The complaint said that a neighbor told investigators that she saw Somvilai on Sunday evening, June 3. The neighbor said that Sackett had been at the Somvilai's residence most of the afternoon and evening that day. The neighbor's father who was visiting told investigators that around 11 p.m., he heard footsteps and scraping on the floor, then a loud thump that shook the floor of the duplex shared with Somvilai. 

Sackett told police he hadn't been there since June 2. Surveillance video of his pickup truck going to and from her residence four times on June 3 and 4. 

The investigation by La Crosse Police, also detailed in the complaint, said that they the locations of Sackett's cell phone on June 3 were consistent with being present at his residence, traveling to Somvilai's, to Runge Hollow Lake, then back to Somvilai's residence. There was no location for the phone between 7:29 p.m. on June 3 and 4:44 a.m. on June 4, which indicated to police that the phone was likely turned off.

Lastly, the complaint said that the concrete blocks used to weigh Somvilai's body down in the lake were consistent with ones found at Sackett's residence. 

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