KANSAS CITY - A U.S. District judge in Missouri has thrown out conspiracy allegations raised by a Clive family against the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey wrote in a ruling issued today that Brandon Ellingson's family hadn't provided enough evidence that commanders with the highway patrol division had conspired to cover up the cause of Ellingson's death.
Ellingson, a 20-year-old former football star from Clive, drowned in May 2014 while he was out boating in the Lake of Ozarks. Ellingson was handcuffed while he fell off a patrol boat.
With this decision, the charges against the commanders accused have been dismissed. However, several counts against Trooper Anthony Piercy, who was with Ellingson at the time of his death, are still moving forward. Piercy's trial will be in October in Jefferson City.
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