Missouri trooper charged in Ellingson death waives arraignment

Anthony Piercy faces involuntary manslaughter charge

Published 02/11 2016 02:00PM

Updated 02/11 2016 02:00PM

MORGAN COUNTY, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper charged in the death of a man who drowned while in Highway Patrol custody waived his arraignment Thursday.

Piercy is the trooper who arrested Ellingson for driving while intoxicated. He appeared 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.

A jury trial will be set, but that date is not yet known.


(courtesy ABC17 News, Columbia)

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