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Northwest Minnesota man sentenced for strangling girlfriend to death

Eddie Markeith Frazier

A Crookston man will spend nearly 36 years in prison for strangling his girlfriend to death in 2017.

Eddie Markeith Frazier entered an Alford plea in March and was sentenced Friday, April 26, for second-degree murder. An Alford plea means he doesn’t admit to committing the crime, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a jury to find him guilty.

Court documents describe how officers were called to Frazier’s apartment around 5 a.m. May 3, 2017, after a woman called 911 and hung up. Officers knocked for about a half hour, but left after no one answered, a court document said.

Police returned to the apartment just before 9:30 a.m. on a welfare check for 48-year-old Tawnja Rene Wallace. No one answered the door, but police eventually spoke with a man who told them Frazier had told someone he killed her and "left her for dead in the tub,” the affidavit said.

The officers entered the apartment with a search warrant and found Wallace dead in the bathtub. An autopsy report said Wallace died from asphyxia caused by strangulation.

Frazier fled to the Twin Cities using Wallace’s car and debit card, court documents said, but was found on May 3 in Bloomington.

The maximum sentence for the murder charge is 40 years.

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