Second suspect identified in Loesch murder case

Police have identified Jamaal Bernard Rays Freeman, 21, as a second suspect in the Sept. 13 death of Kingfield resident Mark Loesch.

Loesch, 41, left for a late night bike ride Sept. 12 and was found severely beaten on the 3700 block of Elliot Avenue early the next morning. He died before help arrived.

Freeman was already in the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center on an unrelated burglary charge, according to a police statement released Dec. 2. His alleged involvement in the Loesch murder will be presented to the Hennepin County attorney for possible charges.

The first suspect, 23-year-old Donald Eugene Jackson, was charged last month with second-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bail. At a press conference following Jackson’s arrest, police said he was pointing fingers at an inmate. The inmate was not identified at the time.

Police said at the conference that they believed two men lured Loesch off a busy street, beat him with a baseball bat and robbed him. They said it appeared Loesch was there to buy drugs, but family members and friends have strongly opposed that theory.