Christopher Floyd Boder and James Michael Peterson were charged Friday with aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the death of a Duluth father of five last weekend.
Timothy Nelson died after being shot in the stomach early Sunday morning in Duluth in what prosecutors say was a drug deal that turned into a robbery and then retaliation.
According to the charges against Boder, 31, and Peterson, 38, both of Duluth:
Nelson drove an unnamed woman to buy meth from Boder and dropped her off near Boder’s home. Nelson then displayed a handgun and demanded money from Boder, later telling the woman over the phone that he was “bored so he thought he would rob some random drug dealers.”
She helped set up a meeting between Nelson and Boder and Peterson later that night to “take care of everything,” and then was dropped off.
She told police that she talked to Peterson hours later, and when she asked if Nelson was dead, she was told, “He still had a pulse when we walked away.”
The first officer who arrived on the scene around 1:47 a.m. also detected a pulse. Nelson was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
At their initial court appearance on Friday, Boder “vehemently” denied the allegations, while Peterson “disagreed,” their public defenders told the judge.
Bail for each was set at $750,000. Their next court appearance will be Oct. 22.
A third person was arrested this week in connection to Nelson’s death, the Duluth Police Department said Friday afternoon. A 29-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of aiding an offender and has not yet been formally charged.