Prosecutor in case of drowned handcuffed Iowa man steps down

3 years 2 months 1 week ago Thursday, March 12 2015 Mar 12, 2015 Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:10:00 AM CDT March 12, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A special prosecutor who was reviewing the case of a handcuffed Iowa man who drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks has recused herself, citing that it would be a conflict if she stayed on the case.

The Kansas City Star reports that Osage County Prosecutor Amanda Grellner filed a motion Wednesday to take herself off the case. Grellner said that she stepped down because a conflict had recently developed in the additional investigation that is being performed.

She did not reveal the nature of the conflict.

A new prosecutor will be appointed.

Brandon Ellingson drowned in May 2014 while in custody of a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper. Grellner had initially decided not to file charges after jurors at a coroner's inquest found the death to be accidental.

The prosecutor reopened the case in January after receiving new information.

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