Woman Who Hit, Killed Wayzata Officer had Cocaine in her System, Toxicology Report Shows

October 09, 2017 06:20 PM

A toxicology report says cocaine was in the system of 54-year-old Beth Freeman, the woman accused of striking and killing a Wayzata police officer on Sept. 8.

Officer Bill Mathews was killed on U.S. Hwy. 12 as he was picking debris off the road.

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Freeman has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of driving after cancellation of her driver's license.

She was back in court Wednesday, where her attorney asked that bail be lowered from $500,000 to $50,000. The judge, however, denied that request.


Freeman at a glance

Court records show Beth Freeman with more than 20 convictions starting in 1987 and continuing through last year. They range from petty misdemeanors to gross misdemeanors and felonies.

Since 2000, she has been convicted of four felonies, including three for drug possession. That includes a 2016 conviction for which she was on probation at the time she is accused of striking and killing Wayzata officer Bill Mathews on Sept 8.


KSTP's Joe Mazan was in court for her appearance Monday. His reports start at 4:30 p.m. on Ch. 5 or through streaming here.

Prosecutors argued Freeman is a public safety and flight risk. They cited her history of drug-related crimes, and the fact that the toxicology report showed cocaine in her system when she hit Matthews.

Her trial is scheduled for February of next year. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 5.

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