Investigation committee expected to release new docs detailing AG's fatal crash: What we know

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As a committee of lawmakers continue to weigh whether the state's top law enforcement official should be impeached, they are also expected to release more documents to the public about Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's role in a 2020 fatal crash that killed a pedestrian.

The documents were expected to be released as soon as Tuesday afternoon, but House Speaker Spencer Gosch told reporters Tuesday there's no established timeline for releasing investigation materials related to the Ravnsborg case.

Instead, the day marked the fifth day the nine-member House Select Committee on Investigation was expected to meet to decide whether Ravnsborg was suitable to hold office by listening to testimony of several law enforcement officers, detectives and forensics experts, including a special agent from North Dakota who handled an independent investigation into Ravnsborg in late 2020 and early 2021.

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The committee spent hours behind closed doors Monday night redacting information from 60 of 65 materials available to them that are related to the crash that killed 55-year-old Joe Boever.

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Those materials redacted include investigation reports, video footage of interviews and interrogations with the attorney general and autopsy photographs.

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The materials available to the committee include interview footage with not only Ravnsborg, but his chief of staff Tim Bormann, who was with the attorney general when Boever's body was discovered, and Mike Volek, the late Hyde County sheriff who initially responded to the crash scene in 2020.

Since the crash, Ravsnborg has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors tied to the incident and settled a wrongful death lawsuit against him involving Boever's family.

As of Tuesday, the only new document released was the specific list of redactions from available materials the committee is reviewing. Here's what new information we've learned about the case so far, based on that list.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation interviews South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg on September 30 about a crash that killed Joe Boever.
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation interviews South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg on September 30 about a crash that killed Joe Boever.

What's being redacted from the documents

The committee released a 13-page document listing the redacted content from the investigation file. Most of the redactions consist of personal identifying information such as date of birth and phone numbers.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's car is shown on Sept. 15, three days after a fatal crash in which Ravnsborg struck and killed pedestrian Joseph Boever, 55, of Highmore.
Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's car is shown on Sept. 15, three days after a fatal crash in which Ravnsborg struck and killed pedestrian Joseph Boever, 55, of Highmore.

Any photographs showing Boever's body at the scene as well as autopsy photographs have been redacted as well, according to the document.

The entire forensic report on a 2011 Ford Taurus, certain cell phone investigation reports and a toxicology submission form are also redacted, according to the document.

This story is developing. Check back for more.

This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: South Dakota attorney general: Committee expected to release new docs

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