Feds link two men to Maplewood homicide | Law and order

MAPLEWOOD — Two men have been charged and arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man in Maplewood in February.

Ashean Loggins and Andre Henderson were charged Wednesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis with conspiracy to marijuana and discharging a firearm in a felony drug trafficking felony.

Loggins, of the 11600 block of Hannibal Drive in unincorporated St. Louis County near Spanish Lake, was charged by complaint last month with the same offenses and arrested March 25. Henderson, 18, of St. Louis County, was arrested Friday, court records show.

In court documents, federal agents and prosecutors say Loggins and Henderson were two of three men who shot Jakobe Bass in the 2600 block of Bellevue Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. on February 8. Loggins told investigators he shot Bass with a pistol, but believes his gun jammed, charges allege.

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Loggins’ attorney, John Lynch, declined to comment. Henderson’s attorney did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Court documents say 19-year-old Bass was shot up to 33 times with three guns. He died in a hospital. Prosecutors say in court documents that the three different bullet cartridges found at the scene contradict Loggins’ claim that his gun jammed.

An affidavit filed in court by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Michael Aronson said Loggins provided an AR-15 rifle to another man before the shooting. Video surveillance from a nearby business showed Bass getting into the back seat of a van in Maplewood before shots were fired. Bass was removed from the vehicle, and the driver then backed over Bass’ body before rolling over the body again.

Cell phones belonging to Bass and Loggins, as well as casings, were left at the filming location, Aronson wrote.

The van was set on fire in St. Clair County and investigators found Bass’ personal effects and casings inside.

Loggins traveled to California the day after the shooting and was arrested upon his return two days later, Aronson wrote.

He told investigators he was driving his grandmother’s van and gave the shotgun to the front passenger, Aronson wrote. This man has not been named. The men were buying marijuana from Bass, and Loggins had made partial payment in cash and was preparing to pay the rest with an app when the passenger began shooting, Aronson wrote.

Loggins walked out, then came back, grabbed his gun and “started shooting” Bass, Aronson wrote.

Investigators found surveillance footage near Loggins’ home that showed him with the rifle, Aronson wrote. Cellphone records show Loggins was buying marijuana from Bass and reselling it, and purchased marijuana earlier on the day of the shooting, Aronson wrote.