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Pine River man charged with murder in connection with Huesman's death

WALKER — Mark Huesman allegedly begged another man to stop assaulting him prior to being murdered July 14, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Cass County District Court charging the suspect with second-degree intentional murder.

The suspect, Dane Joseph Riley, 28, Pine River, also faces a charge of interference with a dead body, Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie reported in a news release.

Huesman was last seen July 13 in the Pine River area and was reported missing on July 23. His remains were found in a shallow grave on the property of JB’s Welding and Repair in rural Pine River on July 24.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Riley:

• Riley had picked up Huesman, 27, Pine River, at a house sometime during the early morning hours of July 14.

• An adult female residing at the Riley residence told officers that she had been awakened by the sound of two gunshots in the early morning hours of July 14. She subsequently went outside where she observed Huesman on the ground with Riley on top of him striking him in the chest area. She further stated that she could hear Huesman begging Riley to stop at which point she screamed. Riley ordered her back into the trailer. Riley entered the trailer a short time later and told her not to say anything about what she had seen.

• Officers were alerted to the presence of a burn pit located near the residence. In the pit, officers found the remains or charred clothing. Further search of the property led officers to two separate areas where it appeared that there had been recent excavation. The remains of Huesman were subsequently located in this location.

District Court Judge David Harrington set unconditional bail for Riley at $1 million or $750,000 with conditions.

Riley’s next court date is at 1 p.m. Aug. 13.

Riley had been in the custody of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office since July 20 on unrelated matters.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the case.

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