Publish date:

Charges: Hibbing trio blindfolded, killed man in woods near snowmobile trail

The 33-year-old victim's body was found near a snowmobile trail.

Two young men and a 17-year-old girl have been charged in the murder of a 33-year-old Iron Range man whose body was found on a snowmobile trail on the west side of Hibbing on Sunday.

Deshon Israel Bonnell, 18, and Anthony Emerson Howson, 20, and Bailey Bodell French, all three from Hibbing, have been charged in the murder, which claimed the life of Joshua Lavalley, of Aurora, Minnesota.

According to charging documents filed in St. Louis County District Court, Lavalley's body was found along the Mesabi Trail, lying on his back having died from two gunshot wounds to his face. Next to his body was a .22 caliber shell casing.  

Lavalley's roommate told police that he loaned his 2001 Chevy Impala to Lavalley, and the car was found on Monday with Howson inside. He told police that he, Bonnell and the French were with Lavalley over the weekend. 

Howson then told police that Lavalley made unwanted sexual contact with Fench. The trio allegedly held Lavalley down against his will and took his belongings. 

In a later interview, the French confirmed the unwanted sexual attempt by Lavalley and told investigators that Bonnell, her boyfriend, said he was going to kill him. 

The trio drove Lavalley to the location his body was found, and while Howson stayed in the car, Bonnell and French are accused of blindfolding Lavalley and forcing him to walk into the woods before Bonnell pulled the trigger, killing him. 

Investigators confirmed the two gunshots were heard by Howson from the car. 

The .22 caliber pistol used in the murder belonged to Bonnell's mother, who didn't know it was missing until speaking with police, the criminal complaint states.The gun was later found hidden under a mattress at the 17-year-old's home. 

All three suspects have been charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping and first-degree aggravated robbery. 

Bring Me The News does not usually name juvenile suspects charged with crimes, but has chosen to in this case due to the nature and severity of the felony charges she's facing.

Next Up

Dean Evason

Wild fall flat against Predators, lose first game of season

The Wild couldn't stay out of the penalty box in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-10-24 at 10.11.36 AM

Search for Wisconsin woman whose vehicle was found near Hinckley

Ashley L. Miller, 33, was reported missing on Sep. 24 after her vehicle was found without her in it.

Dak Prescott

Report: Dak Prescott will be 'ready to go' for matchup with Vikings

The Dallas quarterback is expected to be available for next Sunday's showdown.

Eddie Rosario

Where Eddie Rosario's championship series heroics rank since 2000

The former Twin put together an all-timer to help the Braves reach the World Series.

plane, Piper PA-32

2 dead after plane crashes near residence in rural Wisconsin

The aircraft also struck the house during the crash.

Screen Shot 2021-10-23 at 9.38.43 PM

1 dead after van crashes and lands on Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center

Northbound Highway 100 was shut down following the crash Saturday night.

Jess Peterson

Woman killed in crash ID'd as 'bad ass biker chick' with 'giving spirit'

The 30-year-old died in a motorcycle crash on Oct. 19.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' defense fuels win over Pelicans

The Wolves' have bought in on the defensive end as part of a 2-0 start.

Minnesota Wild

Ryan Hartman's OT goal helps Wild stay undefeated

The Wild improved to 4-0 with a win over the Ducks.

Mar'Keise Irving / Gopher Football

Gophers pound Maryland to stay in Big Ten West race

Four different players scored a rushing touchdown in a 34-16 victory over Maryland.


Homicide ruled in death of man found on snowmobile trail

A 33-year-old man was found dead on a trail on Jan. 6.

Screen Shot 2019-08-13 at 6.50.20 AM

Attorney: Man killed on Minneapolis bike path was stabbed 14 times

The 21-year-old victim's body was found on a bike path near West River Parkway.

3 suspects arrested in connection to Hibbing homicide

Two young adults and a 17-year-old girl were arrested.

'Armed and dangerous' suspect flees shooting in Hibbing; 1 killed

The shooting left one person dead and another injured.

Terminally-ill man charged with killing ex-lover's boyfriend

The fatal shooting happened Dec. 10 in Gary-New Duluth.

Charges: Man killed daughter's mother on Thanksgiving

A 2-year-old girl's mother was found shot in the back.


Charges: Man killed mom-of-3 after she kicked him out of her home

The 27-year-old's body was found in her Frogtown home on Friday.

Huge reward offered to help solve Hibbing murder case

The liquor store owner was murdered around this time last year.