Minn. woman held on $2 million after Chicago-bound man’s body found in freezer
ASSOCIATED PRESS August 28, 2013 9:32AM
Updated: August 28, 2013 9:32AM
MINNEAPOLIS — Police say the three children of a Minnesota woman accused of killing her boyfriend who said he was heading back to Chicago and placing his body in a freezer have been found safe.
South Lake Minnetonka police tell KMSP-TV the children have been placed in protective custody in Hennepin County. The children are ages 10, 8 and 7. Authorities did not say where the children were found.
Their mother, Jetaun Wheeler, made her first court appearance Tuesday when bond was set at $2 million. The family of the victim, 58-year old Eddie Sole, attended the court appearance in Minneapolis. Sole’s daughter, Kecha Matthews, said she never wants Wheeler to see the “light of day” again.
Prosecutors say Wheeler killed Sole with a closet rod, wrapped his body in plastic and duct tape and put him in a large freezer in their garage.
“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 Sole had called July 31 to say Wheeler had assaulted him and that he was leaving her and heading back to Chicago, according to the criminal complaint.
The complaint says Wheeler bought the freezer Aug. 5.
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.