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Missouri trooper arraigned on Lake of the Ozarks drowning charge

VERSAILLES, Mo. – A Missouri state trooper has waived his arraignment on an involuntary manslaughter charged linked to the drowning of an Iowa man who fell from a patrol boat while handcuffed at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Anthony Piercy, 44, made the court appearance Thursday in Morgan County.

Piercy was charged in December in the May 2014 death of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson of suburban Des Moines.

Piercy had arrested Ellingson for boating while intoxicated and was taking him to a patrol zone office.

Witnesses have said Piercy placed an already buckled life vest over Ellingson’s head and didn’t property secure it. Ellingson’s life vest came off shortly after he went into the water, and Piercy eventually jumped in but was unable to save Ellingson. Ellingson’s body was recovered the next day.

Two Missouri troopers set out to re-create the ride and conditions on Trooper Anthony Piercy's boat. This run reaches average speeds of 38 to 40 mph. Piercy was going 39.1 to 43.7 mph just before Brandon Ellingson left the boat and drowned May 31.

Special prosecuting attorney William Seay has charged Missouri Highway Patrol trooper Anthony Piercy with the class C felony of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Brandon Ellingson. The charge was filed in the Morgan County Justice Center in

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