The Brandon Ellingson case will be back in court Thursday.
The 20-year-old Clive man drowned last year while handcuffed and in police custody. He was being arrested for boating while intoxicated at the Lake of the Ozarks when he fell out of the trooper’s boat.
During hearings after the drowning the arresting Missouri State Trooper Anthony Piercy admitted he placed the wrong life jacket on Ellingson and was not properly trained to work on the water, but the county prosecutor, Amanda Grellner, declined to press charges for it.
Ellingson’s family claims the Missouri Highway Patrol and Grellner are involved in a cover up. The family points to the demotion of Randy Henry, a State Trooper who blew the whistle on the Highway Patrol’s missteps.
Henry has since hired an attorney, who has been trying to depose Grellner but Grellner refused.
Now a judge has ordered that Grellner be deposed. That deposition is scheduled to take place Thursday and could reveal new information about how the Ellingson case was handled.
A hearing is also scheduled for next week to determine if Henry’s demotion was in retaliation for speaking up.