Man accused in brutal Cedar Rapids murder to plead guilty

Timothy Evans, who is pleading guilty to the first-degree murder of Gina Frederiksen. (Linn County Jail)

A man who is accused of breaking into a garage, killing a woman and trying to burn the evidence will change his plea.

First Assistant Linn County Attorney tells CBS2/FOX28 News that Timothy Evans will plead guilty to the first-degree murder of Gina Frederiksen.

Court documents say on April 29, firefighters were called to a garage fire after a neighbor reported hearing an explosion around 7:34 a.m. that morning. First responders found Frederiksen unconscious inside with "traumatic injuries" to her head and body. She died a short time later and her cause of death was ruled a homicide.

Prosecutors say Evans told two witnesses that he had just killed a woman and set a detached garage on fire to cover the evidence. They say he described how he killed and that he tried to set the garage on fire to destroy evidence and prevent her from reporting the incident.

Evans was also charged for an attempted burglary near the murder scene. He was caught on home surveillance video.

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Evans had been released from jail on his own recognizance just two days before the murder took place.

Evans will be sentenced on Dec. 7 immediately after entering his new plea. A first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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