Breaking Digest reported a week ago that a North Dakota man had been charged with killing a teenager by running him over intentionally after a political dispute, claiming the boy was a Republican “extremist”.
Shannon Brandt, 41, reportedly admitted to killing 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson Sunday with his SUV. He is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident.
The murder of Cayler Ellingson came two weeks after Joe Biden’s red speech in Philadelphia in which he declared war against MAGA Republicans.
Brandt was initially charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. He was released just two days later on a $50,000 bond.
On Friday, Brandt was charged with murder.
Fox News reported:
Shannon Brandt, the man who is accused of fatally hitting Cayler Ellingson with an SUV, has been charged with murder in the death of the 18-year-old, and new information alleges that the teenager was run over by an SUV.
Brandt, 41, was initially arrested after police say that he fatally hit Ellingson with an SUV during the early morning hours of September 18 after a street dance that took place at a local bar in McHenry, North Dakota. Court documents state that Brandt initially fled the scene and told a 911 operator that Ellingson was part of a “Republican extremist group,” adding that the teenager was calling on others to come “get him.”
He was released from jail September 20 after posting a $50,000, and while he was not placed on house arrest or curfew, but could not leave North Dakota or drink.
Ellingson was taken to a local hospital after the incident, but later died.
North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind told Fox News Digital that there’s “no evidence” suggesting that the teenager was part of a “Republican extremist group” or that the incident involved politics.
Foster County State’s Attorney Kara Brinster announced on Friday that Brandt is being charged with murder in addition to duty in an accident involving death. Brinster said that the charge of criminal vehicular homicide has been dismissed because of the new murder charge.