Frazier charged with second degree murder

    Preliminary autopsy results indicate that Tawnja Wallace, 48, died in her downtown Crookston apartment last week from “asphyxia by strangulation” and that the manner of her death is a homicide.

    Eddie Frazier, 49, was apprehended near the Mall of America in Bloomington early Thursday morning, May 4, after he was fired upon by a law enforcement officer and a six-hour manhunt ensued. Frazier, who left Crookston Wednesday morning, May 3, before Wallace’s body was discovered in her South Broadway apartment and stopped in Detroit Lakes on his way to the Twin Cities, is charged with three counts of second degree murder in Wallace’s death.

    Wallace and Frazier had a relationship history, with Wallace reportedly having Frazier, who has an extensive criminal history, come to Crookston to live with her after his previous release from prison. But it was a rocky, reportedly violent relationship, and Wallace eventually had an order for protection in place to keep Frazier away from her.

    According to the criminal complaint, Crookston officers initially responded last Wednesday morning to a 911 hang-up call from Wallace’s apartment. Officers knocked but no one came to the door. They could hear a TV inside and what might have been the sound of furniture being moved. Officers returned later after receiving a call from the Hennepin County Dispatch Center in Minneapolis requesting a welfare check on Wallace. Upon their arrival, they found Wallace’s daughter in the hallway, crying. She was talking to someone on her cell phone, and that person reportedly indicated that he’d spoken with Frazier, who said he’d killed Wallace and “left her for dead” in the bathtub.

    Wallace was found face-down in the bathtub. Officers and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators noted what appeared to be drag marks across the floor of the apartment leading to the tub.