A Missouri state trooper was charged on Friday in the drowning of a handcuffed college student, who tumbled off his patrol boat 18 months ago in the Lake of the Ozarks.
“I have charged him with recklessly causing death,” Special Prosecutor William Seay told reporters outside the Morgan County courthouse.The charge was a breakthrough in the controversial case that the dead man’s family had called a cover up. Ellingson, who was from Iowa, was boating with friends in May 2014 near his family’s Ozarks vacation home when Piercy pulled them over. Ellingson allegedly failed a sobriety test, and the trooper handcuffed him and hauled him away — supposedly to issue him a citation at a patrol station.
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