Robbinsdale man charged for fatally shooting girlfriend


A Robbinsdale man was charged with second-degree murder in the shotgun death of his girlfriend, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Erik Eggleston, 38, was charged late Monday with the murder of 29-year-old Nigar Mammadzada while he was in custody for a bench warrant on an unrelated case. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in Hennepin County District Court this afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint, Mammadzada dropped off the baby girl she had with Eggleston at a babysitter’s and dropped off her mother at her job on the morning of Nov. 12. She then returned to her Crystal home in the 3500 block of Welcome Avenue where she had set up her home office in the basement.

When her mother returned to Mammadzada's home in the late afternoon, she found her daughter on the floor near her desk dead from what the Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined was two shotgun wounds. The woman’s mother immediately told police she suspected Eggleston. She told police that he had the code to get into the attached garage, that her daughter had broken up with him and that the previous evening he had been over to spend time with their child as Mammadzada was getting ready to go out with another man and he seemed jealous, the complaint states.

About 9 p.m. that same day, Eggleston was found lying in front of a friend’s house in Oak Grove bleeding from cuts. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids where he was treated for the wounds that appeared to be a suicide attempt. Crystal police obtained a search warrant for a gray Nissan Altima that was parked in the driveway of the friend’s house where Eggleston was found, according to the complaint.

The car was on loan to Mammadzada from a car dealership and inside it police found a shotgun, with what appeared to be blood on the barrel, as well as several shotgun shells. Police also learned that on Nov. 12, Eggleston borrowed the car of a friend. That car was found just down the street from Mammadzada's home, the complaint states.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)