A Missouri judge has dismissed a portion of a lawsuit filed against the Missouri Highway Patrol and several of its troopers following the drowning of a Clive man at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Brandon Ellingson, 20, drowned in May of 2014. He was handcuffed and in police custody when he fell off a Missouri Highway Patrol boat operated by Trooper Anthony Piercy.
The Ellingson family has filed a wrongful death suit. In part, it claims the defendants conspired to cover up the drowning in an effort to deny the plaintiffs access to the courts and deprive them of their constitutional rights.
The judge disagreed and ruled on behalf of the troopers this week.
Other aspects of the civil suit are still in play and Trooper Piercy is scheduled to stand trial on manslaughter charges later this year.