New look taken at drowning of handcuffed suspect in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The death of a handcuffed Iowa suspect who went overboard as a Missouri State Highway Patrol boat was transporting him is getting a fresh look from a special prosecutor.

The Kansas City Star reports that Amanda Grellner acknowledged she is reviewing the case after receiving new information. Four months ago, she declined to press charges against Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Anthony Piercy. Her decision came after a coroner’s inquest found 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson’s May 31 death in the Lake of the Ozarks to be an accident.

The patrol has re-interviewed witnesses in recent weeks for the review. Grellner would not elaborate on what aspects she is reviewing and said she couldn’t comment publicly about specifics of the investigation.



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