UPDATE: Third suspect charged in murder, arson near Bemidji
UPDATE: A third suspect has now been arrested and charged in a murder, burglary and arson near Bemidji, Minn., last weekend.
32-year-old Devin Belcourt is now charged with second degree, intentional murder, first degree burglary and first degree arson.
Court documents show Belcourt has a lengthy criminal history in the state of Minnesota including multiple counts of burglary, assaulting an officer and theft.
Two other have already been charged in relation to the crime after the pair allegedly fled to Minot, North Dakota.
38-year-old Travis Gunning is charged first degree aggravated robbery and aiding an offender in murder, while his girlfriend, 30-year-old Rebecca Lockman has been charged with one count of felony aiding an offender. An unnamed third suspect is still at large.
Court documents say just after midnight on May 3, Beltrami County Dispatch received reports of a gunshot victim and a building on fire.
When Deputies arrived at 11973 Trengove Rd NW, they observed a residential building engulfed in flames. They also located a male who had multiple gunshot wounds. The victim stated he had arrived home and came across two individuals in a dark two-door car. He said the individuals in the car fired at him, hitting him, and he soon returned fire.
The victim also told officers that his roommate was unaccounted for. Deputies later located the remains of a male individual inside of the burning residence that matched the description of the victim's roommate, who appeared to have a bullet wound to the head.
Court documents say deputies also located evidence that the fire was started intentionally.
When officers canvassed the scene, they found several shell casings and a cell-phone that was able to be traced to Gunning. Documents say officers responding to the scene also observed a vehicle registered to
Gunning driving away from the scene.
Deputies later spoke with Gunning’s brother who stated that Gunning had asked him for .22 bullets the day before.
Documents say officers interviewed one witness who stated he received a text message from Lockman at approximately 3:30 A.M. on May 3, asking him to 'get up.' The witness said he was picked up by Gunning and Lockman in Fosston, Minn. in an SUV. He observed that Gunning had a gunshot wound to the foot, and said Gunning told him that the injury to his foot was from a “deal gone bad.”
Documents state Gunning and Lockman then drove to another witness' residence. The new witness then went with Gunning and Lockman to Minot, North Dakota.
Local law enforcement later took Gunning to the Minot Hospital for his gunshot injury. The second witness told officers that the while Gunning was at the hospital, Lockman went to a local car wash where she cleaned blood from the interior of the vehicle.
Beltrami Deputies soon put out a nationwide alert for the missing SUV. Deputies were contacted by the Ward County Sheriff’s Office, who indicated that Gunning and Lockman were in Minot, North Dakota in the SUV, and that Gunning was currently in the Minot hospital recovering from a gunshot wound.
Gunning and Lockman were arrested in Minot, North Dakota on the night of May 3. In an interview with officers, Gunning confessed to committing an aggravated robbery which resulted in a man's death. Gunning claimed that he took his father’s .22 caliber pistol, his father’s car and drove to Beltrami County with Lockman and Belcourt.
Gunning claimed that he and Belcourt hatched a plan to commit aggravated robbery at the two victims' home. Gunning claims that he and Belcourt intended to threaten the victim by brandishing the .22 caliber firearm to then steal drugs and a safe they believed contained a large amount of money.
Documents say Gunning claimed he, Lockman and Belcourt drove to the home and while Lockman waited in the car, Gunning and the third suspect rushed into the house. Once inside, Belcourt brandished the .22 caliber handgun and directed the victim into a bedroom.
Gunning says he then took possession of drugs, a 9mm handgun and the safe. As Gunning was bringing the property out of the home, documents say he heard the gun being discharged in the bedroom. Gunning said when he looked into the bedroom, he saw the victim face down on the bed bleeding from the back of head, with Belcourt nearby with the .22 caliber handgun.
Documents say Gunning claimed he and Belcourt then fled the residence with the safe, the stolen gun, and the drugs. It was as they were placing the stolen items in their car when they encountered the other victim and exchanged gun fire.
Gunning told officers Lockman stopped on Jones Townhall Road and that's when Belcourt fled the vehicle.
Documents say Gunning and Lockman concealed property taken during the robbery and homicide in the woods off of a dirt road near Jones Townhall Road and then fled to North Dakota.
On May 4, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension located the property stolen during the robbery and homicide.
On May 5, 2020, law enforcement officials located Belcourt staying at a residence in Naytawash, Minn. Sheriff’s investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Belcourt, and later located evidence of the burglary, robbery, and homicide in Belcourt’s possession.