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

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

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