May 26, 2022

Yesterday, Nicholas Alan Taylor pled guilty to the murder of Chris Lafontaine at Lafontaine’s home in Greenvale Township

last July.

Nicholas Alan TaylorJuly. 

Taylor age 29 of St. Paul, pled guilty to one count of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 55-year Lafontaine over the course of July 1st and 2nd last year. 

According to the Dakota County Attorney’s office, on July 2, Dakota County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a residence in Greenvale Township. The reporting party informed deputies that two males ran out of Lafontaine’s residence when a neighbor knocked on the door to check on him. Witnesses reported seeing two males run and get into a white Dodge Durango that was later confirmed to be Lafontaine’s vehicle. 

Deputies found Lafontaine’s body in a bathroom. His hands and feet had been tied together, and there was a rag and a glove over the victim’s mouth held in place with a cord tied around his head. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy, and determined he had died by asphyxiation 

Shortly after discovering Lafontaine’s body, Northfield police officers located his vehicle on Highway 3. After they initiated a traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle did not pull over and instead attempted to flee from the officers. Eventually the vehicle stopped, and all three occupants ran for a wooded area. The driver, Stephanie Peabody, and the front seat passenger, Timothy Tuit…

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