Inquest to examine death of cuffed Iowa man who fell off Missouri patrol boat, drowned

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri — An upcoming court proceeding will examine the death of a handcuffed Iowa man who went overboard as a Missouri State Highway Patrol boat was transporting him from the Lake of the Ozarks on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1p62ADe ) reports that the coroner's inquest in 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson's death is scheduled to get underway Sept. 4. During the trial-like setting, six jurors will determine whether there was a crime or negligence involved.

Friends of Ellingson of Clive, Iowa, have complained in taped interviews conducted by investigators and obtained by The Star that the arresting trooper didn't secure a life jacket properly in May. Witnesses said the cuffed man's arms weren't in the arm holes and that the jacket came off soon after Ellingson hit the water.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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