Judge grants new trial for alleged killer of Kingfield cyclist

A Hennepin County District Court judge granted a new trial Monday for Jamaal Freeman, who was convicted earlier this year of second-degree murder in the September 2007 death of Kingfield resident Mark Loesch.

Judge Mark Wernick ordered the new trial because evidence regarding the alleged involvement of a 12-year-old boy in the killing was withheld until late in the first trial. The new trial will begin Feb. 16.

“The prosecutor’s failure to make timely disclosure of evidence favorable to Jamaal Freeman deprived the jury of a fair opportunity to determine whether the State proved guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” Wernick stated in his ruling.

A jury convicted Freeman in May after a two-week trial. A second man, Donald Jackson, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery last year for his role in the crime and testified against Freeman.    

Loesch, a husband and father of four, was found beaten to death in a front lawn a couple miles from home after leaving for a late-night bike ride the previous night.