Trial begins Monday, Oct. 28, for man accused of murder in teen’s overdose death

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

Keon Malone “Bird” Mangun
Keon Malone “Bird” Mangun

The trial for Keon Malone “Bird” Mangun will begin with jury selection at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in Morrison County Court.

Mangun is the man charged with two counts of third-degree murder in the February 2012 death of 19-year-old Miranda Gosiak, for allegedly selling the heroin that resulted in her death.

Charges of aiding and abetting the murder of Gosiak were brought against three others, Tanya Ashby, Brandon Bedford and Christian Dahn, with the charges against Ashby and Dahn dismissed. Bedford disappeared shortly before his trial.  Bedford failed to appear on the scheduled jury trial date of Sept. 9.  A warrant remains for Brandon Bedford’s arrest.

The three allegedly purchased the heroin from Mangun in North Minneapolis the day before Gosiak died.

Assistant Morrison County Attorney Todd Kosovich is prosecuting the case. Attorney Landon Ascheman is the defense attorney.

At the time the charges were brought, Morrison County Brian Middendorf said, “Heroin is a killer drug, and when it kills, we have an obligation to seek out and prosecute the person or persons who provided that deadly drug, from seller to buyer to distributor.”