Hibbing murder suspect pleads not guilty, trial set

HIBBING, MN–A suspect in a brutal Hibbing murder pleaded not guilty Thursday.

According to court records, Deshon Bonnell, 18 entered that plea in St. Louis County Court.

He and Bailey French, 17, are each facing life in prison for allegedly killing Joshua Lavalley in January. Lavalley’s body was found on the Mesabi Trail.

A third suspect was also connected to the crime, but according to court records, Bonnell and French are the ones who allegedly took Lavalley onto the trial.

Bonnell’s jury trial is set for August.

French has not yet entered a plea.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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