SHOREWOOD MURDER: Victim's family comes to Minn.; kids found - KMSP-TV

SHOREWOOD MURDER: Victim's family comes to Minn.; suspect's kids found

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The Shorewood woman accused of killing her 58-year-old boyfriend and storing his body in a freezer made her first court appearance on Tuesday, and the victim's family traveled from Chicago to be there.

Eddie Sole's family drove all night from Chicago to see 29-year-old Jetaun Wheeler make her first appearance in court in connection with his killing.

Prosecutors are holding Wheeler on $2 million bail, but in the meantime, Sole's family is struggling to figure out how something like this could have happened.

"I don't want her to see the light of day again," Kecha Matthews, Sole's daughter, admitted.

It was hard for Sole's family to contain their anger after seeing Wheeler in court.

"I can't even explain it. She smirked," recalled Matthews. "She turned around and looked at us and smirked as if it was a joke."

Sole's loved ones say he moved to Minnesota about a year ago to be with Wheeler, but the relationship had soured since. Matthews last spoke with her father on July 30 when he told her he was taking a bus back to Chicago, but he never made it.

"He was saying he was ready to leave, he was ready to come back home, she was crazy," Matthews recalled. "He couldn't deal with what was going on at the home. He was ready to come home."

Investigators believe Wheeler struck Sole over the head with a closet rod, killing him. She is accused of wrapping his body in plastic and duct tape and storing it in a freezer she bought on Aug. 5 and kept in the garage.

Wheeler's family members were also in court, and her aunt told FOX 9 News she was shocked to learn her niece was charged with second-degree murder.

"She's always been there and helpful for me," Laverne Dixon said.

Describing Wheeler as a caring and sensitive person who once worked for the Peace Corps, she admitted the situation still hasn't soaked in.

"A very good mother, so that says it all. Everyone has their moments and we just need to see how the story unfolds," Dixon said.

For Sole's family, however, the story already has a tragic ending.

"I'll never see my daddy again," Matthews said. "I have a 7-year-old daughter at home who is angry because she wants her grandfather and she'll never be able to see him again."

After days of searching, South Lake Minnetonka police told FOX 9 News they found Wheeler's three children safe. They have since been placed in protective custody in Hennepin County.

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