North Dakota AG condemns murder of teen sparked by political argument
A breath test after Brandt was arrested Sunday showed his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit to drive, officials said.
ND DRIVER CHARGED AFTER FATALLY HITTING TEEN WITH SUV, STEMMED FROM POLITICAL ARGUMENTThe case has provoked an outcry from conservatives, with many going on social media to decry Ellingson's death and the alleged motive.
tweeted Donald Trump Jr.Investigators said Thursday they have so far been unable to corroborate Brandt's claims.
The 41-year-old man has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death.
"There has been no corroboration that this was even politically motivated at all," North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt.
NORTH DAKOTA OFFICIAL SAYS 'NO EVIDENCE' SUPPORTS SUSPECT'S CLAIM TEEN WAS REPUBLICAN 'EXTREMIST'Niewind said investigators haven't found witnesses to the SUV striking Ellingson, but they interviewed several people who were near the two men shortly before.
Brandt was the only one to make the claim of a political argument, Niewind said.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Brandt told investigators that he struck Ellingson "because he had a political argument with the pedestrian and believed the pedestrian was calling people to come get him."
Attorney General Drew Wrigley, in his statement Thursday, called on political leaders to stop the rhetoric that leads to violence.
Wrigley, a Republican, also offered to help the Foster County state’s attorney prosecute the case.
Brandt, who was freed on $50,000 bond, did not immediately respond to a message left Thursday at a number listed for him.
NORTH DAKOTA MAN WHO RAN DOWN 'REPUBLICAN' TEEN SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT HIS OWN LIFE, JOB JEOPARDIZEDMcHenry is about 150 miles northeast of Bismarck.