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College students covering up story of friend allegedly being pushed off boat charged

(Remembering Jack Elliott/Facebook)

Five Texas Christian University students are facing criminal charges after their friend fell off a boat on Lake Travis and drowned in 2019.

Jack Elliott, who was 19 at the time of the incident, died on Oct. 14, 2019 while drinking and partying on the lake with his friends and girlfriend. The friends searched for Elliott for five minutes, according to an affidavit, before they dumped all their alcohol in the lake and headed for shore.

In the aftermath, the teens on the boat told different stories to authorities, including that Elliott did a backflip into the water and that he fell while vomiting. None of them were true.

A December 2019 report from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stated “Jack Elliott was pushed by Delaney Brennan from the front of a wakeboard boat … operated by Elle Weber under the supervision of Carson Neel." The report also stated Elliott was struck by the boat propeller and killed.

In 2020, Elliott's parents filed a wrongful death suit to get to the bottom of what happened on that tragic day. In a sworn statement, Weber has now said she saw Brennan “shove” Elliott overboard as they were flirting and kissing at the front of the boat.

The affidavit says one of the other friends said Brennan kept saying in the aftermath, “He fell. I didn’t mean to push him.”

Brennan was indicted in late 2021 on a felony tampering with evidence charge by aiding in the deletion of cellphone video. Neel was also indicted on a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence of allegedly dumping alcohol off of the boat. Weber was indicted on a misdemeanor charge of providing police officers with false information.

Additionally, Joshua Evans was indicted on a misdemeanor charge of allegedly providing alcohol to a minor, and Anthony Salazar was indicted on a misdemeanor perjury charge.


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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.