HOWARD COUNTY, Mo. – The Howard County inquest into the suicide death of Kenneth Suttner is going public.
On Wednesday, a judge ruled in favor of the Columbia Missourian, who also filed a lawsuit against Howard County Coroner Frank Flaspohler after being denied a copy of a transcript of the inquest.
Flaspohler and the Glasgow School District have been locked in a legal battle for nearly a year over the transcript.
Several months ago, a Howard County judge ordered the transcript to be turned over to the school. At an April 4 hearing, the school district plans to get it’s $40,000 in legal costs back as well as sanctions for the Coroner.
The inquest determined that bullying at the Glasgow School District and by a Manager of the Dairy Queen where Suttner worked contributed to his death. Manslaughter charges against the manager of the Dairy Queen, Harley Branham, were dropped in January. A single count of aggravated stalking remains against Branham.