Columbia, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper charged in the death of a man who drowned while in Highway Patrol custody will appear in court Thursday.
Piercy is the trooper who arrested Ellingson for driving while intoxicated. He is scheduled to appear in the Morgan County Courthouse in Versailles for a formal arraignment Thursday morning.
A special prosecutor brought the charges against Piercy in December. He was originally not charged for Ellingson's death.
Following Ellingson's death, a house committee met to discuss improvements to the Highway Patrol's water division.
(Courtesy ABC 17 News)
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