Trial venue changed for man accused of killing teen after street dance in McHenry

Photo by: McHenry County Jail
Photo by: McHenry County Jail

(Foster County, ND) -- The trial venue for a man accused of killing a teen boy following a street dance has been moved from Foster County to Richland County.

Shannon Brandt allegedly hit 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson with his vehicle in September in McHenry, North Dakota.

The 41-year-old is charged with the murder and duty to report an accident and has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Court documents say Brandt called 911 after the crash saying he had been threatened by Ellingson and was trying to get away from the teen when he hit him.

Brandt also admitted to drinking before the incident.