DES MOINES, Iowa — We’re learning about more inconsistent statements made by Missouri state troopers following the drowning of a Clive man on the Lake of the Ozarks.
Twenty-year-old Brandon Ellingson drowned while in the custody of Missouri state trooper Anthony Piercy. Piercy picked up Ellingson for alleged drunk boating on May 31st.
The Kansas City Star reports Sgt. Randy Henry interviewed Piercy shortly after the drowning and in a document never before disclosed, Piercy told Henry he was “in a hurry” when he put the life vest on Ellingson.
The vest came off when Ellingson fell out of the trooper’s boat.
There are other inconsistencies in Trooper Piercy’s story, such as how fast he was driving the boat, that jurors seated for a coroner’s inquest never heard.
Last week, they ruled Ellingson’s drowning was an accident.
This week the special prosecutor in charge of the case said criminal charges would not be filed against Trooper Piercy.