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The Platte County Courthouse, ordinarily a sleepy rural outpost, is abuzz these days with intrigue. 

That's because a leading candidate to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri is the subject of an ethics complaint that questions the propriety of his conduct in a sexual abuse case prosecuted by his office.

It’s becoming more clear why investigators  haven’t publicly identified the drug that killed a Park Hill High School Student October 4. 

Ethan Rickman, who was 14-years-old, died after taking what he thought was LSD.

Two 17 and 18-year-old women from Riverside have since been charged with selling  an imitation drug.  

Eric Zahnd is Platte County Prosecutor.

“The reality of this case is, to this day, we don’t know what killed this young man," said Zahn, five days after Rickman died. "That drug is at the lab being tested, even as we speak.”

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