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Complaint: Hibbing Homicide Victim Blindfolded, Shot Twice in Face

Updated: January 10, 2019 05:46 PM

A blindfold and two bullets. That's how the life of Joshua Lavalley ended.

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Prosecutors have filed felony charges against three people for his death.

Eighteen-year-old Deshon Israel Bonnell, 20-year-old Anthony Emerson Howson, and a 17-year-old girl are all charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping, and aggravated robbery.  They are accused of killing Lavalley, who was 33-years-old and from Aurora.

Lavalley's body was found by a snowmobiler on the Mesabi Trail on Sunday afternoon. The portion of the trail is near Kerr Location in Hibbing. The criminal complaints said that he had been lying on his back, with a spent shell casing nearby.

According to a criminal complaint, Lavalley had been hanging out with the three defendants over the weekend.  The defendants say Lavalley made unwanted advances toward the girl, who is Bonnell's girlfriend, the complaint says. Court documents said that this made the three angry, with Bonnell stating he was going to kill Lavalley.

Prosecutors say the three defendants took Lavalley to the Kerr Location, and Bonnell and the girl allegedly forced Lavalley to walk blindfolded into the woods.  It was 3am on Sunday. Court documents say Bonnell pulled the trigger, and Lavalley was shot twice in the face.

The complaint says Howson stayed in the car while the shooting took place.

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

The break in the case appears to be related to the car, which Lavalley has borrowed from his roommate. Police said Howson had been driving it, and also had possession of Lavalley's financial card.

Judge Starr set bail at $1 million dollars for both men. They'll appear in court again on the 17th.

St. Louis County has filed a motion to certify the juvenile girl as an adult. 

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