20-year-old Kosgar Lado was arrested on Thursday, June 27 for the murder of 35-year-old Anthony Kye who died of gunshot wounds he suffered near a residence in the 600 block of North Pine Street according to an article at Mlive.com. Lado was formally charged on Thursday, and arraigned on Friday on charges of open murder, possession of a weapon with unlawful intent, assault with intent to commit murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The shooting incident took place on Wednesday, June 26, just blocks from Lansing’s state government complex in the downtown area. After receiving information that a shooting had occurred, Lansing police officers arrived near a residence in the 600 block of North Pine Street to find the victim had suffered gunshot wounds; he was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police determined that the shooting was not a random crime. Lansing Police Captain Jim Kraus stated that he believed the suspect and the victim may have known each other. Police released very few details regarding the incident, so a motive for the shooting remains a mystery at this time.
Open murder in Michigan allows the jury or judge to determine whether an individual will be tried for first- or second-degree murder, depending on the unique circumstances surrounding the case. As Michigan murder attorneys know, a conviction for either offense will leave the individual facing serious criminal penalties. First-degree murder may leave the convicted person facing life in prison; while second-degree murder may also be punishable by life in prison, the convicted individual may be sentenced to any number of years.
If you have been arrested for any serious or violent crime, it is important that you take action immediately to protect your own freedom and future. Contact a talented Michigan criminal defense lawyer right away, without hesitation.