Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 3.23.09 PM North Dakota prosecutors on Friday leveled a murder charge against the man who allegedly ran down 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson earlier this month because he was a “Republican extremist” and had threatened him.
Shannon Brandt, 41, was arrested in the wee hours of September 18 after police say that he fatally struck Ellingson with his SUV after a street dance in McHenry, North Dakota. Brandt, who police said was drunk and fled the scene, told a 911 operator Ellingson was part of a “Republican extremist group” and had tried to “get him.” The politically charged killing in a town of only 64 people drew national headlines.
“I just wanna ask you a question, am I going to prison?” Brandt asked the 911 operator, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Friday. The document said Brandt indicated on the call that the incident was intentional. A GoFundMe page set up for Cayler Ellington has so far raised over $50,000. (GoFundMe) Ellingson called his mom at just after 2:30 a.m., moments before he was killed to say he was being chased after the street dance. She told her son she would come pick him up, according to police, but by the time she arrived at the scene, her son was had been fatally struck in an alleyway. The heartbroken mother told police she does not believe her son knew his killer.
Brandt was initially charged with vehicular homicide and released September 20 from the Stutsman County Jail after posting a $50,000 bond. The new charge was announced Friday by Foster County State’s Attorney Kara Brinster and was the result of an investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Foster County Sheriff’s Department, and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
The affidavit revealed new and chilling details about Ellingson’s final […]
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