Prosecutor in case of drowned handcuffed Iowa man steps down
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.