North Dakota AG condemns murder of teenager sparked by political row


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North Dakota’s attorney general on Thursday condemned the violent death of an 18-year-old who was allegedly struck by a man who allegedly drove his SUV over the victim after a political row, and he offered to help a district attorney county to pursue the case. .

The driver, Shannon Brandt, told a 911 dispatcher that he hit Cayler Ellingson early Sunday in McHenry because the teenager was threatening him, and that the teenager was part of an “extremist Republican group,” according to a affidavit of probable cause.

A breathalyzer test after Brandt was arrested on Sunday showed his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving, officials said.

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The case caused an outcry from conservatives, with many taking to social media to speak out against Ellingson’s death and the alleged motive. “Joe Biden’s America!” tweeted Donald Trump Jr.

Investigators said Thursday they have so far been unable to corroborate Brandt’s claims. The 41-year-old has been charged with felony driving homicide and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

The North Dakota AG condemns the death of a teenager who was fatally hit by a man in an SUV following a political row.
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“There’s been no corroboration that it was even politically motivated,” North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind told The Associated Press.

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Niewind said investigators did not find any witnesses to the SUV hitting Ellingson, but they interviewed several people who were in the vicinity of the two men shortly before. Brandt was the only one to claim a political argument, Niewind said.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Brandt told investigators he punched Ellingson “because he had a political argument with the pedestrian and believed the pedestrian was calling people to pick him up.”

Niewind said the investigation is continuing.

Attorney General Drew Wrigley, in his statement Thursday, called on political leaders to end rhetoric that leads to violence. Wrigley, a Republican, also offered to help the Foster County state’s attorney prosecute the case.

Brandt, who was released on $50,000 bail, did not immediately respond to a message left Thursday at a number listed for him. Ellingson’s parents did not respond to messages.

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McHenry is about 150 miles northeast of Bismarck.


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