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Family Fights To Keep Mentally Ill Man Out Of Institution

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INGHAM COUNTY, MI (WLNS) - A controversial case in Ingham County has prosecutors pursuing charges against a mentally ill man.

Kosgar Lado is accused of lying to police, after he confessed to a murder back in June that he didn't commit.

Many in the community are ramping up efforts to support Lado and his family and say charges against him are cruel.

It's been nearly two weeks since a judge ordered Kosgar Lado to a mental health institution, with the intention of making him competent to stand trial.

"I was surprised it wasn't resolved," said Attorney Andrew Abood.

Attorney Andrew Abood decided recently to step in and offer Lado and his family, immigrants from Sudan, free legal help.

Abood says this is a case he feels strongly about.

"We don't hold those criminally responsible who are mentally ill and can't form the proper intent," said Abood, Attorney, Abood Law Firm.

Abood says it's clear from the transcripts of his confession, it was Lado's mental illness, not criminal intention that caused him to lie to police.

At first Lado repeatedly denies guilt, saying "I didn't do anything."

Then later Lado seems confused, repeatedly asking about a lawyer and crying.

He says to police "how do you want me to answer your questions?" and eventually he gives multiple versions of the story and confesses, Saying "Don't know, I don't know. It's a stupid thing to do, I'm crazy, I'm weird."

"It was just heartbreaking for the family," says Abood.

Lynne Martinez with the ACLU says the community is behind the Lado family, spreading awareness with social media campaigns and even organizing a website.

She hopes their efforts make an impression on the prosecutor's office and the charges are dropped.

"If you are ill with paranoid schizophrenia, you can't be knowingly and wilfully lying," said Lynne Martinez, Lansing ACLU.

Bottom line, Martinez says Lado isn't a criminal. He's a young man who needs help, help he won't get through the court system.

Lado is currently living with his family. A judge ordered he be sent to a mental health institution in Kalamazoo.

His attorneys are working to prevent Lado from having to leave his home.

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