Skip to main content

A Minneapolis woman is facing charges of murder and arson for allegedly lighting a camper on fire near Cass Lake on Tuesday, killing someone who became trapped in the blaze. 

Prosecutors in Beltrami County on Friday charged Cora L. Quaderer, 34, with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson. 

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses said they saw Quaderer standing outside the camper, arguing with a person inside. 

A witness told investigators they could hear Quaderer ordering the man to let her into the camper "or she would destroy parts or all of the structure," charges state. 

Witnesses then saw Quaderer light a piece of cloth and toss the burning item towards the front door. Quaderer allegedly ran from the scene as the camper quickly started to burn out of control. 

The victim, whom charging documents identify as Roy Lovelace, could be heard screaming that he could not get out of the camper. 

Witnesses tried to remove an air conditioning unit from the window to free Lovelace, but they were forced to retreat as the flames grew stronger. 

Investigators later found remains, presumably Roy Lovelace, inside the burned camper. An autopsy is pending from the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office. 

On Wednesday, authorities arrested Quaderer in Brooklyn Center. 

Quaderer has multiple prior convictions for drug possession, theft and providing false information to police. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Protest for Tyre Nichols to be held outside MN Governor’s Mansion

Activists groups say they’ll call on Gov. Tim Walz and the Legislature to implement police reforms.

Pool

Minnesota pool contractor banned from industry, must pay $2 million-plus

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed suit against Charles Workman and his company, MN Crete Pools, LLC, in August.

Minneapolis police

St. Paul man identified as victim of north Minneapolis homicide

The shooting occurred on the 2200 block of Emerson Avenue North on Wednesday.

ambulance

Two youths seriously injured after being struck by driver in Bloomington

Police say the boy is in a critical condition, while the girl has severe injuries.

Rosedale Center

Two men sentenced for carjacking in Rosedale Center parking lot

Leon Kismit Bell, 49, and Jack Mitchell Piche, 23, were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Jan. 20.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 3.59.30 PM

Police identify White Bear Lake officer shot while serving warrant

The officer is a six-year veteran of the department.

abortion, planned parenthood

Minnesota Senate passes bill codifying abortion into state law

Having already passed in the House, it will now be sent to Gov. Tim Walz for signing into law.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Related

Fire

Body found after camper fire near Cass Lake; woman arrested

The camper caught fire at around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2022-10-10 at 10.42.23 AM

Bemidji man fatally struck by driver in Cass Lake

The crash happened around 5 p.m. Friday.

Screen Shot 2022-07-24 at 9.14.47 AM

Charges: Woman killed man with scissors, burned him in camper

The 42-year-old said she "may have" used meth before killing the man.

Evonne Sharkey

Woman charged in strangulation murder of St. Paul man

The woman told investigators that she was fighting off the man.

Munger mugshot

Charges: Brainerd man admitted to woman's gruesome murder

Michael Lowell Munger, 53, said he and the victim argued about infidelity before he strangled her with a belt.

Screen Shot 2023-01-10 at 12.59.47 PM

New murder charge filed after newborn died 9 days after mother fatally shot

Dakota County prosecutors have amended charges against Donte McCray.

ambulance

Woman killed in head-on crash with semi in northern Minnesota

The crash involved a car and a semi-tractor trailer.

Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 7.28.06 PM

Man charged with murder of Red Lake police officer Ryan Bialke

David Brian Donnell Jr. opened fire on officers responding to a call on Tuesday.