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Published October 04, 2010, 09:07 AM

$5 million bail set for man accused of killing a Mahnomen couple

Mahnomen, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Bail is 5-million dollars for the man accused of killing a Mahnomen couple. Tonight, there are startling revelations into those brutal murders.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Mahnomen, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Bail is 5-million dollars for the man accused of killing a Mahnomen couple. Tonight, there are startling revelations into those brutal murders.

Murder suspect, 53 year old Timothy Thorson made his first court appearance here in Mahnomen County on four felonies. He's charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder, burglary, and theft of a motor vehicle.

But it's new developments in court documents obtained by WDAY 6 News, grabbing the most attention. Records show Thorson has confessed to the murders of Francis and Ethyl Lundon. He tells police he went to the house to rob and possibly kill a drug dealer, who someone told him lived there.

Thorson says he should have left when he found out an elderly couple lived there. Documents reveal the suspect brought a gun to the scene. He talked with Francis about robbing them, and then shot him twice, after the 72-year old tried to grab the rifle.

Thorson says he then shot Ethyl twice in the back. During interrogation after his arrest, Thorson told police he wanted to get into a shootout with them and kill as many officers before they shot him.

The 5 million dollar bail comes with no conditions. There is a 2-million dollar bail, with conditions.

It was a somber sight in the courthouse before and after that hearing. Family insisted the suspect come face-to-face with them. As Thorson was led into a room, about 20 family members stood just feet from him.

They cried, hugged, and stared down Thorson. Sheriff Doug Krier says there was no safety risk for anyone involved. He calls this demand rare.

“The last time when I had seen something like that was when Deputy Dewey had gotten shot and we had law enforcement up here. Other than that I don't recall any family that's been up there. All they wanted to do was let them know they were there.”

The suspect and victims families say they're grieving, not ready to talk, and have mixed opinions on the bail amount.

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