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New Port Richey man arrested in 2008 Moon Lake slaying

MOON LAKE — He was shot in the back of the head and burned in the bed of a pickup truck, left to decompose for days.

Some teenagers playing in the woods found Jesse Lohr's body one evening in January 2008. The 29-year-old had been missing for a week.

After searching more than a year for Lohr's killer, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Friday morning arrested Marshall Chase Perfect, 36, on a charge of second-degree murder.

Kevin Doll, sheriff's spokesman, wouldn't release what led to Perfect's arrest at his home, 10519 Shalimar St. in New Port Richey.

Doll also wouldn't reveal the relationship between the two men.

According to a report from the Sheriff's Office, the two men were in a shed behind Perfect's home about 5 a.m. Jan. 18 when Perfect shot Lohr with a shotgun.

Perfect placed Lohr in the bed of Lohr's 1997 Ford pickup truck and drove him to a remote area off Coronado Way in Moon Lake, where he set the truck on fire, the report said.

Twelve hours later, the teenagers found the burned vehicle and called the Sheriff's Office.

A deputy arrived and found charred human remains in the bed of the truck. An autopsy determined Lohr had died of "homicidal violence."

Four witnesses told a deputy they had spoken to Perfect, who said he shot Lohr in his shed, put him in the truck and burned the truck at a "mud pit," the report said.

Relatives of Lohr and Perfect could not be reached Friday for comment.

Prior to Friday's arrest, Perfect had been convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia and burglary, records show. He had been out of trouble since 2004, records show.

Jesse Lohr had been in and out of jail since 1996, records show. His ex-wife, Lorraine Lohr, told the Times last year that Jesse Lohr had a troubled past that included stints in jail for dealing in stolen property, larceny, burglary and aggravated battery.

The couple, who had three sons together, divorced in 2002. Lorraine Lohr took Jesse Lohr back a few times, but eventually married Jesse's older brother, Lester. The two have a son together.

Jesse Lohr was released from prison in September 2007 after serving three years on theft charges. He tried to rebuild his life and get to know his sons.

After he was killed, Lorraine Lohr's mission became finding her ex-husband's killer.

"I know Jesse didn't go out without a fight," Lorraine Lohr told the Times last year.

Camille C. Spencer can be reached at cspencer@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4609.

New Port Richey man arrested in 2008 Moon Lake slaying 05/01/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 1, 2009 9:15pm]
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