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Trial set for October in fatal garage assault of mother of three

Trial Oct. 15 in Linn County

Timothy Evans is shown on a video screen for his initial appearance at Linn County District Court in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, May. 2, 2018. Evans faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and first-degree arson in the death of Gina Frederiksen. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Timothy Evans is shown on a video screen for his initial appearance at Linn County District Court in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, May. 2, 2018. Evans faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and first-degree arson in the death of Gina Frederiksen. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A trial for a Cedar Rapids man, charged with killing a mother of three in April, has been set for Oct. 15 in Linn County District Court.

Timothy Evans, 38, pleaded not guilty in a written arraignment to charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and first-degree arson in the fatal assault of Gina Frederiksen, 38, of Cedar Rapids.

In what police called a “random act,” Evans is accused of breaking into Frederiksen’s detached garage at 1814 I St. SW the morning of April 29. The burglary turned into a robbery and fatal attack inside the garage, police said.

Neighbors called 911 after hearing an explosion at 7:34 a.m. Frederiksen was pulled from the garage but died a short time later at the hospital, police said.

Two witnesses told police a few days later that Evans had described how he killed Frederiksen, moments after it happened, and said he’d set the fire in attempt to cover up the crime, according to the criminal complaint. 

Sixth District Associate Judge Russell Keast had released Evans on his own recognizance two days earlier, pending trial on an April 15 burglary charge involving a vehicle.

Evans is also charged in connection with attempted burglary hours before Frederiksen’s death when he allegedly tried to enter a home at 4:38 a.m. at 2101 Haven Court SW just south of Fredriksen’s home.

That homeowner, Shelly Matthess, told The Gazette last month that she saw Evans, on a video security system, trying to get into her house. He left when he couldn’t get in, she said, and she got into her car and went searching for him in the neighborhood without finding him.

In another incident, Evans last week was charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree arson of a houseboat last year. He is accused of breaking into 2411 Houseboat Ct. NW on Nov. 5 and taking items from the houseboat before starting a fire with an “explosive or incendiary device or dangerous weapon,” according to the criminal complaint.

A cigarette butt found in the houseboat’s kitchen area was analyzed, and the DNA matched Evans, according to the complaint. Evans was interviewed about the burglary and couldn’t explain why he would be on the houseboat.

Evans, who was homeless at the time of his arrest and has been in the Linn County Jail since May 1, is under a $2 million bail.

Since Evans’ arrest, police have continued to look into similar burglaries for any possible connection to him.

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