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Crookston man accused of strangling girlfriend pleads guilty to murder

Eddie Frazier

CROOKSTON, Minn. — A man accused of strangling his girlfriend to death in 2017 in has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Eddie Markeith Frazier, 51, entered an Alford plea to the charge in Polk County court Monday, March 11. An Alford plea means he doesn't admit committing the crime, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty.

Prosecutors said Frazier intentionally strangled 48-year-old Tawnya Wallace at their Crookston apartment in May 2017. Wallace was found dead in her bathtub, according to charging documents.

Frasier was apprehended in Bloomington, Minn., after a statewide manhunt that ended with a standoff and officer-involved shooting, according to law enforcement officials.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled next month.

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