CEDAR RAPIDS — A man accused of killing a former Cedar Falls woman whose body was found in her burning garage Sunday had been investigated in another home burglary and fire last fall, according to court records.
Cedar Rapids police Tuesday arrested Timothy Wesley Evans, 38, of Cedar Rapids, for first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree arson in the death of Gina Frederiksen, 38. His bond was set at $2 million.
Authorities responding to a fire and explosion at Frederiksen‘s home on I Street Southwest at 7:35 a.m. Sunday found her body in the doorway to the burning garage. She was later pronounced dead.
Police allege Evans was burglarizing the garage and then killed Frederiksen. He allegedly told two people about killing her and said he set the fire to destroy evidence, according to court records.
Evans was also arrested for attempted burglary for allegedly trying to enter a home four blocks away on Haven Court two hours before the fire. A surveillance camera captured him approaching the back door, court records indicate.
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Months before the Frederiksen’s slaying — in November 2017 — Cedar Rapids authorities were called to a fire that damaged another home. Officers found a sliding glass door had been broken out, and the house had been ransacked before someone set a fire in the middle of the living room using gasoline.
Missing from the house was a TV, sound system and dishes, and authorities found a fresh cigarette butt at the scene. The butt was submitted to the state crime lab for testing, and in February analysts found DNA that had Evans as a potential donor, court records state.
Police obtained a search warrant to get a DNA sample from Evans for further comparison, and a sample was collected on Feb. 27, court records indicate.
Evans wasn’t arrested in connection with the fire, but on April 18, he was detained on theft and burglary charges after he was allegedly seen taking items from a vehicle parked on Terrazzo Drive in Cedar Rapids. He was released from jail pending trial.