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Attorney for northwest Minnesota murder suspect asks judge to dismiss indictment

Eddie Markeith Frazier

CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Minneapolis man accused of strangling a woman to death in a Crookston apartment last year will ask a judge to dismiss the charges against him.

An attorney for Eddie Markeith Frazier, 50, filed a motion Monday, Aug. 27, to dismiss a grand jury indictment in relation to the death of 48-year-old Tawnja Rene Wallace, who was found dead in her apartment May 3, 2017. Frazier faces two first-degree murder charges and two counts of second-degree murder, all felonies, after investigators found Wallace’s body in a bathtub, according to court documents.

She died by strangulation, according to an autopsy report that ruled her death a homicide.

A grand jury found in December 2017 there was enough evidence to believe the death was premeditated, but the motion to dismiss the indictment in its entirety refers to Minnesota law that states the indictment can be thrown out if the contrary is true. It notes motions for attacking charging documents because they do not “substantially comply with the requirements prescribed by law to the prejudice of the defendant's substantial rights.”

Frazier and Wallace had been fighting while drinking and using drugs before her death, according to court documents.

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