A Minnesota woman beat her boyfriend to death, wrapped his body in plastic, and hid it in a freezer because he threatened to dump her.
Jetuan Wheeler is charged with second-degree murder in the death of the 58-year-old man whose body was found in the freezer in her Shorewood home. The victim’s name has not been released.
“It was a big trunk freezer, the kind your grandmother had,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. Wheeler bought the freezer on August 5, just days after a friend said the victim had called to say he was returning to Chicago because of domestic problems.
On July 31, the victim told his friend that the 29-year-old had assaulted him and that “she was acting crazy.” The victim ended the conversation abruptly and said he would call back later, but never did.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a Carver County deputy spoke to the victim in a school parking lot about a loud phone call complaint the same day. The victim’s vehicle was nearby and had a duffle bag inside, and he told the deputy he was leaving for Chicago.
According to a criminal complaint, the victim had been missing for two weeks before family members finally called police. On August 15, police canvassed the neighborhood and asked if anyone had seen the victim recently. Wheeler said he had taken the bus back to Chicago, but he never showed up.
Investigators searched the home and found a blood soaked piece of carpet under Wheeler’s mattress. They then went to the garage and found the freezer with the victim’s body inside. Bags of clothes and shoes were also found in garbage bags. The man had blunt force trauma injuries to his face, caused by a rod from Wheeler’s closet.
Jetuan Wheeler was taken into custody, but authorities are searching for her three kids, ages 7, 8, and 10. They believe she hid the children so they wouldn’t be taken into protective custody. Wheeler faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.