Minneapolis woman charged in connection with hotel shooting that killed her 'best friend'

She is charged with aiding an offender after the fact.
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Trimeanna Nicole Williams

A Minneapolis woman has been charged in connection to a fatal shooting at a hotel in Bloomington on July 12.

Trimeanna Williams, 39, was charged Monday with aiding an offender after the fact in connection to the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Jennifer Swaggert at the LaQuinta Hotel in Bloomington.

Last week, police said they had arrested three teenagers and an adult in connection to Swaggert's death. Williams will make her first court appearance on Tuesday, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office says.

According to the criminal complaint, a housekeeper found Swaggert dead on the floor of a hotel room at 11:51 a.m. on July 12. She died of a gunshot wound to the face.

The room where Swaggert died had been rented from July 9-12, and when investigators searched the room they found personal effects, alcohol and a taser, the complaint notes.

Williams called the hotel on July 13 and said she wanted to pick up the stuff she left behind, the complaint states. The hotel called police, who then spoke with Williams. 

Police learned Williams stayed at the hotel with her kids on July 11 through the early morning on July 12, the complaint says. She told police she was in the room with her "best friend" Swaggert, her three sons and three other teenagers who were friends of her son. 

During her stay, she used illegal drugs, the complaint states.

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Williams' 12-year-old son told police that he saw his mom with a gun on July 11 and she had fired a shot outside in the air, charges say.

He said Williams' 17-year-old son was fighting with Swaggert and he pointed a gun at her. Williams told her son not to shoot Swaggert, but the 12-year-old said he heard a shot and knew she was dead because there was blood on the wall. 

A 16-year-old witness and friend told police Williams and Swaggert were arguing and Williams' son intervened before firing a single shot, killing her, the complaint says. Williams then told everyone to leave and they went to a nearby gas station where Williams ordered a car to take them to south Minneapolis, where they disposed of the gun.

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