South Dakota House votes to halt impeachment proceedings against Ravnsborg (Audio)

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March 9, 2021

PIERRE, S.D.–The South Dakota House of Representatives voted on Monday to halt impeachment proceedings against the state attorney general over his conduct in a fatal car crash last year while he still faces unresolved criminal charges from the accident.

The lawmakers voted 57-11 vote to suspend further impeachment action against Jason Ravnsborg.

Last month, Representative Will Mortenson of Pierre brought the original resolution calling for consideration of impeachment. Here’s what Mortenson told his colleagues on the House floor Monday…..

He’s charged with striking and killing Joe Boever with his car on U.S. Highway 14 near Highmore last September.

Investigators have suggested that Ravnsborg’s account of what happened lacked credibility, telling him under questioning that a broken pair of eyeglasses belonging to Boever were found in his car, indicating the victim’s face had gone through the windshield on impact.

Police also told Ravnsborg that Boever had been carrying a flashlight, which was still illuminated when they found it the next day, and that evidence showed Ravnsborg had driven onto the shoulder of the road where the victim was walking.

Ravnsborg, who has denied wrongdoing and refused to resign, is due to make his initial court appearance in the case on Friday.