New allegations have surfaced that the investigation into the death of Brandon Ellingson may have been botched, and that there was a cover-up based on a favor owed among Missouri law enforcement.
Ellingson, who was a Clive resident, was arrested last year for drunken boating at the Lake of the Ozarks. He was handcuffed, and then fell out of a police boat. He drowned before the arresting officer could save him. The same officer admitted he put on Ellingson’s life jacket the wrong way.
Amanda Grellner was the special prosecutor. She investigated the case, but she never pressed any charges against that arresting officer.
Meanwhile, another trooper criticized the Missouri Highway Patrol over how the arrest was handled. Sgt. Randy Henry spoke out and was demoted. Henry hired an attorney and appealed that decision.
The attorney says there was a botched rape investigation involving Grellner’s son and claims there was a cover-up.
The attorney believes Ellingson’s death was never fully investigated. He says that was Grellner’s way of paying back the Missouri State Patrol. Grellner stepped down from the Ellingson case and a second prosecutor took over.
The lawyer making these claims is going to join Channel 13 News at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in order to sort out these accusations.