Prosecutors: Jilted Minn. woman beat boyfriend to death, hid body in freezer
MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota woman beat her boyfriend to death, wrapped his body in plastic and duct tape, then hid it in a freezer because he was trying to break up with her, prosecutors said.
Jetaun Wheeler, 29, was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the killing of the 58-year-old man at their Shorewood home around Aug. 1. Authorities have not named the victim.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County, detectives found the man's frozen body in a freezer in the garage of a house that the couple had shared in Shorewood, 18 miles west of Twin Cities.
“It was a big trunk freezer, the kind your grandmother had,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
A friend of the victim told investigators that the victim had called July 31 to say Wheeler had assaulted him and that he was leaving her and heading back to Chicago, according to the complaint.
The complaint says Wheeler bought the freezer Aug. 5, according to the Star Tribune ( http://bit.ly/15e1EnA ).
Wheeler told investigators looking into the man's disappearance that he had taken the bus to Chicago, according to court documents. Detectives said when they searched the couple's house Aug. 21, they found bloody carpet under Wheeler's mattress. Blood spatter led them to the garage where they found the body in the freezer.
Freeman told the Star Tribune that authorities are searching for Wheeler's three children, aged 10, 8 and 7, and that they could be placed in protective custody.
“We don't know what the children went through,” he said.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.