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Murder charges filed in Miranda Gosiak death

Posted: October 11, 2012 - 11:44pm

LITTLE FALLS — Three Little Falls residents were charged with aiding and abetting third-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 28 heroin overdose death of Miranda Gosiak in Little Falls, Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf said in a news release.

Middendorf said the attorney’s office also has filed third-degree murder charges against Keon Malone “Bird” Mangun, 29, of Minneapolis.

Tanya Ashby, 38, Little Falls, was charged with aiding and abetting murder in the third-degree, controlled substance crime in the third-degree (possession of heroin) and operating a disorderly house. The complaint alleges that Ashby owned a house where drug use and drug distribution was allowed. Gosiak died in Ashby’s Little Falls home.

Brandon Bedford, 25, and Christian Dahn, 30, both of Little Falls, were each charged with aiding and abetting murder in the third-degree, as well as three controlled substance crimes in the third-degree — one each for possession of heroin, sale/distribution of heroin and conspiracy to sell/distribute heroin.

The charges are the result of a seven month investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The complaint alleges that Gosiak spent the last hours of her life with Bedford, Ashby and Dahn. Bedford, Ashby and Dahn told police they had bought their heroin from Mangun in North Minneapolis the afternoon of Feb. 27. According to the complaint the three used heroin on the way back from the Twin Cities. They continued their use at the Ashby residence that night. Gosiak arrived at the Ashby house that night, stayed at the house and died the next day.

“Heroin is a killer drug,” Middendorf said in the news release. “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.”