UPDATE: Bail set at $1 million for 2 men charged in gruesome Hibbing homicide, kidnapping

HIBBING, MN–A judge set bail at $1 million each for two men charged in a disturbing homicide, kidnapping, and robbery case on the Iron Range that left one man dead over the weekend.

Both 18-year-old Deshon Bonnell and 20-year-old Anthony Howson appeared in St. Louis County Court in Hibbing Thursday morning.

Bonnell and Howson were each granted a public defender and are scheduled to be back in court next week.

A 17-year-old girl also charged in connection to this case is being held in an area juvenile detention center. She appeared in court Thursday, but it hasn’t been determined yet if she will be tried as an adult. No bail was set because she will remain in juvenile detention until her next hearing.

All three are due in court later this month.

Chris Hayden, who identified himself as Lavalley’s brother, issued the following statement Thursday evening:

He was a great young man and missed dearly. No one knows why that horrible action took place. The three that did that to my brother “I forgive them” but will never forget. Josh “brother” was a kind hearted man. He would bend over backwards to give u a hand. Josh had a giant heart. He loved his siblings A lone with our mom and his dad. My eyes water everyday. My mind is racing with our memories we made. I know Josh is in a better place and I hope he found our mom. Josh will never be forgotten by any of his family and friends. He is truly missed. Thank you for reaching out and the condolences.


HIBBING, MN — Disturbing new details are emerging in a homicide case on the Iron Range that left one man dead over the weekend.

Authorities have now charged Deshon Bonnell (18) and Anthony Howson (20), both from Hibbing, with 2nd Degree Murder, Kidnapping, and 1st Degree Aggravated Robbery in the death of Joshua Lavalley (33), of Aurora.

A 17-year-old girl has also been arrested in relation to this case, and is being held at an area juvenile detention center.

According to the probable cause statement, Lavalley’s body was discovered on the Mesabi Trail near Kerr with fresh and frozen blood covering his face, and the general area. Police also found a .22 caliber shell casing with an “A” stamp.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Lavalley had two gunshot wounds to his face, and ruled the death a homicide.

Police then interviewed Lavalley’s roommate, who said he had loaned his vehicle to Lavalley for the weekend. A day after Lavalley’s body was discovered, police located the vehicle in Hibbing with Howson inside.

Howson would then tell police he, Bonnell, and the 17-year-old girl were with Lavalley over the weekend. Howson claims Lavalley attempted “unwanted sexual contact” with the teen, who is Bonnell’s girlfriend. This apparently angered the trio, who police say then held Lavalley against his will.

Bonnell said at one point he was going to kill Lavalley. Police say the three then took away his personal belongings, and made him sit in a chair, facing a wall.

At 3 a.m. on January 6th, authorities say the trio took Lavalley to the location where his body was later discovered. Howson allegedly stayed in the vehicle, while Bonnell and the teen walked Lavalley blindfolded into the woods. Howson says he heard two shots, and the two returned without Lavalley. Bonnell was also holding a handgun.

Police spoke with Bonnell’s mother, who discovered her .22 caliber pistol was missing. She also had ammunition with an “A” stamp, matching the casing found at the scene.

This is a developing story, stay with CBS 3 for more details.

The full criminal complaint can be found below:

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