Bedford’s jury trial begins Monday

He is charged in the death of Miranda Gosiak 

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

The jury trial for Brandon Clarence Bedford begins Monday. He has been charged with third degree murder for giving heroin to Miranda Gosiak, 19, a resident of Little Falls, who died of an overdose Feb. 28, 2012. Bedford was also charged with three counts of third degree sale of narcotics and third degree possession of three grams or more of heroin.

Allegedly, Bedford, 26, along with Christian Dahn and Tanya Ashby, traveled to the Twin Cities to purchase the heroin. When returning to Little Falls, Gosiak went to the home shared by Bedford, Dahn and Ashby where she was allegedly given heroin by Bedford.

Brandon Bedford

Brandon Bedford

Gosiak spent the night at the home and the next morning was seen alive. She returned to the bedroom and later was found unresponsive by Bedford. She was pronounced dead by paramedics.

The charges were the result of a seven-month investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. They allege that Gosiak spent the last hours of her life with Bedford, Ashby and Dahn, that they bought the heroin and that Gosiak went to their home and died the next day.

Ashby was convicted of fifth degree possession of drugs and operating a disorderly house where Gosiak died.

Dahn was convicted of third degree possession of drugs, but given a stay of imposition.

The person who sold the heroin to Bedford, Dahn and Ashby, Keon Mangun, was found guilty of third degree murder and sentenced to 11 years and two months in prison.

The jury trial begins at 9 a.m. Monday with Judge Conrad Freeberg presiding. The lead attorney for the defense is Gary R. Wolf from Minneapolis. The attorney for the prosecution is Todd Kosovich, Little Falls.

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