Kosgar Lado case: Innocent of murder, in trouble for false confession

Feb 4, 2014

The Lansing City Hall and Police Building
Credit Flickr - MI SHPO

Last week, the Lansing State Journal wrote about the case of a 21-year old mentally ill man named Kosgar Lado who falsely confessed under police interrogation to a murder that took place in Lansing last June.

After being wrongly identified and then giving a false confession, Mr. Lado was charged with murder, but the charges were eventually dropped. However he was subsequently charged with a felony for providing false statements to police. While those charges have been pending, Lado has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, he’s been involuntarily committed to a hospital for psychiatric treatment and has been deemed incompetent to stand trial. Meanwhile, the charges against Lado, which carry a maximum sentence of four years, remain.

Current State looks at the case from three different points of view:

Kevin Grasha, who broke the story for the Lansing State Journal, discusses what happened.

David Moran, the director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, offers his analysis.

Ingham County prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III shares what he can about the case.