Sheriff: Accused Jewel Stalker Says God Led Him

Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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Sheriff: Accused Jewel Stalker Says God Led Him

LAS VEGAS - MAY 18: ***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS*** Singer/songwriter Jewel performs during the 43rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards All-Star Jam at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino May 18, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ACMA)

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A Wisconsin man accused of stalking singer-songwriter Jewel at her Texas ranch said he was on a mission from God.

That's according to Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant. He said Michael Lawrance Kozelka told deputies that God led him there after he was found last week on the 2,000-acre Stephenville ranch owned by Jewel's husband, rodeo champion Ty Murray.

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The sheriff said the 50-year-old had a pocket knife and a dog with him but did not resist arrest. It's unclear whether either Jewel or Murray was at the ranch at the time.

Kozelka has been jailed in Stephenville, 75 miles southwest of Fort Worth, on $30,000 bond since his arrest a week ago. His attorney, Michael Nicholls Pugh, has declined to comment.

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