Mangun informant’s name to be released to defense

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

In a hearing for the Mangun murder case Tuesday, Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich declared his intention of releasing to the defense the name of a confidential, reliable informant as well as a summary of the informant’s criminal record by the end of the week.

Keon Malone “Bird” Mangun, 29, Minneapolis, is charged with third degree murder stemming from the heroin overdose death of Miranda Gosiak Feb. 28, 2012, in Little Falls.

Defense attorney Landon Ascheman requested that the defense’s ability to challenge a colored photo line-up by pre-trial motion would remain in effect.

Judge Conrad Freeberg gave the defense 30 days from the hearing date to do that.

Ascheman presented to the court a request for access to funds to pay for an investigator for the case. The defense hoped to use $5,000 of the $40,000 cash bail that Mangun had posted to pay for the investigator.

Freeberg pointed out that there was no cash bail paid, but rather, $40,000 paid for a $400,000 bail bond.

Ascheman also presented a motion for his client to qualify for an “in forma pauperis” ruling, that his client could not afford to pay for his own defense costs.

“I look suspiciously at this,” Freeberg said. “I don’t know how your client can qualify for ‘in forma pauperis.’”

Ascheman told the court that Mangun’s family paid the cash for the bail bond, his family was paying for a private defense attorney and that public defenders are being used in all other cases against Mangun around the state.

Freeberg denied the request for “in forma pauperis” Wednesday. He will reconsider it upon submission of a complete affidavit of the defendant’s finances for the past year.

The next hearing has not been scheduled.