Woman sentenced for obstructing West Duluth homicide investigation

She had pleaded guilty to a felony count of aiding an offender for obstructing the investigation, and admitted to attempting to mislead investigators and providing a false alibi for her friend after he was involved in a fatal shooting.


A Duluth woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation for falsely claiming she had spent the entire night with her friend while he was actually taking part in a fatal 2019 shooting in West Duluth.

On Monday morning, Judge Leslie Beiers sentenced Taylor Ann Fredrickson, 29, to 90 days in county jail or a female offender program and 3 years of probation. Fredrickson has 4 days of credit for time served.

In June, Fredrickson pleaded guilty to a felony count of aiding an offender for obstructing the investigation into the Sept. 22, 2019, shooting death of 33-year-old Timothy Jon Nelson in West Duluth and acknowledged that she attempted to mislead investigators and provide a false alibi from her friend after he was involved in a fatal shooting.

Taylor Ann Fredrickson for print
Taylor Ann Fredrickson


Fredrickson falsely told Duluth police investigators that her friend, Christopher Floyd Boder, could not have been involved in the killing because she was with him the entire night. Boder has since been convicted of murder, with evidence and testimony suggesting he was away from Fredrickson for a significant period of time.

Boder, 33, was convicted by a jury last fall of aiding and abetting intentional second-degree murder and is currently serving a 25 1/2-year prison sentence .

Evidence presented at trial indicated Boder was irate after Nelson attempted to rob him with a BB or flare gun. Nelson's friend, Jamie Sanford, testified that she had the victim drop her off at Boder's residence to obtain drugs. Boder and Sanford were in a car when Nelson, seemingly unaware it was them, suddenly appeared and began a brief struggle with Boder, the witness testified.

Boder fended him off and Nelson left. Sanford testified that she then attempted to broker a peaceful resolution to the dispute, but Boder was enraged, picking up his roommate, James Michael Peterson, and a firearm. She said Boder made a comment about notifying Nelson's parents of "where to find the body" before the men dropped her off at a Proctor gas station.

Nelson was later found with a gunshot wound to the abdomen in his truck on the 300 block of North 62nd Avenue West. Neighbors reported hearing a struggle, with someone yelling "don't shoot" prior to hearing a gunshot.

Boder and Fredrickson were in a car together when they were stopped by police on Sept. 24, 2019. Court documents describe them as having been in a relationship, though Fredrickson in June simply said Boder was a friend she had been "hanging around with" for about a year.

A criminal complaint states that Fredrickson told investigators she and Boder had spent the night in a train car that had been converted into a home "somewhere near the alley behind Duke's Towing."

But she acknowledged that she was not present at the murder scene or in the car with Boder before and after the shooting. Fredrickson also admitted that she was asleep a portion of the evening and, therefore, could not account of Boder's whereabouts.


Fredrickson further acknowledged under questioning from defense attorney Kevin Cornwell that she "was told" that Boder had been seen wearing bloody shoes. The complaint states that she told officers that Boder only had one pair of shoes and that he had been wearing them for the past several days.

Two co-defendants' cases remain outstanding. Peterson, 40, is scheduled to stand trial Feb. 14 on the same charge as Boder while his girlfriend, Amber Rose Louise Forrest, 31, is slated to face a jury Nov. 2 on the same charge as Fredrickson after she allegedly tampered with the scene of a search warrant by removing two BB guns and a backpack from their residence.

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