ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Third suspect arrested, charged in northern Minnesota homicide

The charges stem from an early Sunday, May 3, incident where a man was found dead inside a burning home and another man suffered gunshot wounds at a residence about 10 miles west of Bemidji.

Devin Belcourt, Travis Gunning and Rebecca Lockman.jpg
Pictured from left are Devin Belcourt, Travis Gunning and Rebecca Lockman.
We are part of The Trust Project.

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A third suspect in a Grant Valley Township homicide and arson case was charged on Thursday, May 7, and charges were amended for another suspect involved.

The charges stem from an early Sunday, May 3, incident where a man was found dead inside a burning home and another man suffered gunshot wounds at a residence about 10 miles west of Bemidji.

Devin Charles Belcourt, 32, of Bagley, Minn., was charged with second-degree intentional murder, first-degree arson and first-degree burglary with a dangerous weapon and explosive. Belcourt was arrested Tuesday, May 5, in Naytahwaush, Minn., and was arraigned on Thursday by Judge Paul Benshoof in Beltrami County District Court in Bemidji.

Charges for Travis Earl Gunning, 37, of Clearbrook, Minn., also were amended Thursday. Gunning now has similar charges to Belcourt with the criminal complaint listing second-degree intentional murder, first-degree arson, and first-degree burglary with a dangerous weapon and explosive, but the complaint notes that he aided and abetted on those charges. Gunning was also arraigned Thursday.

An amended complaint for Rebecca Elizabeth Lockman, 30, of Bemidji, charges her with aiding an offender and notes that Lockman intentionally aided another person in second-degree murder by destroying or concealing evidence, providing false information, receiving proceeds of the crime or otherwise obstructing the investigation.

ADVERTISEMENT

Gunning and Lockman were arrested on May 3 in Minot, N.D., where they went in an attempt to flee law enforcement, according to court documents.

The amended complaint states that Gunning saw Belcourt shoot the victim and that they then chose to burn down the home in order to conceal the murder. Neither of the victims has been identified.

050620.N.BP.SHOOTINGFIRE.jpg
A body was found inside a burning house along Trengrove Road Northwest along with a man nearby suffering from multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday in Grant Valley Township, 10 miles west of Bemidji. (Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer)

Jillian Gandsey is the Multimedia Editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. She is an Iron Range native and a 2013 graduate of Bemidji State University. Follow Jillian on Twitter and Instagram @jilliangandsey. Contact her at (218) 333-9786, (218) 996-1216 or at jgandsey@bemidjipioneer.com.
What to read next
Lynn and Jason Kotrba have a personal connection with Huntington's Disease and wanted to help with the potentially life-saving Huntington's Disease research.
The Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.
The Fargo-based company will make its first expansion into the Sioux Falls television market, which covers roughly half of South Dakota and parts of Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.
In the fall 2019 and spring 2020, two community conversations were held with representatives of other nonprofits, key stakeholders, lead businesses for the campaign and social workers. “We asked a lot of questions,” said Heather Novak, the local organization's executive director.