Charges filed in fatal shooting in Hibbing

Anthony Howson (left) and Deshon Bonnell (right) Photo: St. Louis County Jail
Anthony Howson (left) and Deshon Bonnell (right)

January 10, 2019 02:47 PM

Duluth TV station WDIO reports prosecutors have filed felony charges against three people in the homicide of an Aurora man earlier this week.

Deshon Israel Bonnell, 18, Anthony Emerson Howson, 20, and a 17-year-old girl are all charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery.


The three are accused of killing 33-year-old Joshua Robert Lavalley, whose body was found by a snowmobiler on the Mesabi Trail Sunday afternoon. 

RELATED: Hibbing police arrest 3 after man found dead along snowmobile trail

The portion of the trail where the body was found is near Kerr Location in Hibbing.

According to the criminal complaint against Howson, Lavalley had been hanging out with the three defendants over the weekend. The defendants claimed Lavalley made unwanted advances toward the girl, who is Bonnell's girlfriend, the complaint alleges.

Howson reportedly said the three took Lavalley to the area where his body was found. Howson said he stayed in the car while Bonnell, the girl and Lavalley walked into the woods. Bonnell and the girl then allegedly returned without Lavalley.

At that time, the complaint states Howson said Bonnell was in possession of a firearm.

The complaint states the girl said she and Bonnell forced Lavalley to walk blindfolded into the woods. And that Bonnell then shot Lavalley.

The complaint goes on to allege authorities spoke with Bonnell's mother who discovered her .22 caliber pistol was missing. A search conducted at the girl's residence allegedly resulted in the discovery of a .22 Ruger Mark I pistol under a mattress.

The two men were arrested Monday night in Hibbing. The teenage girl was arrested Tuesday.

WDIO reports a judge set bail at $1 million dollars for both men. They are next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 17.

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