COLUMBIA, Mo. - UPDATE: Despite Boone County Court being listed as the location for the hearing, it was held in Saline County on Tuesday.
ORIGINAL STORY: A lawsuit filed by a former Columbia police officer could soon head to trial.
Ex-police officer Rob Sanders is expected to appear in Boone County Court Tuesday morning for a motion hearing for his wrongful termination lawsuit against the city.
In 2011, Sanders was accused of shoving inmate Kenneth Baker in a holding cell. He was fired and charged with assault before being acquitted in October 2013.
Baker sued the city in 2011 and was awarded $250,000 for the ordeal.
Following the incident, Sanders filed a lawsuit, seeking to rejoin the department.
In February 2016, an appeals court overturned Cole County Judge Pat Joyce's order to reinstate him. The three-judge panel ruled on procedural grounds, saying the Cole County Circuit Court did not have statutory authority to consider review of the Sanders case as a contested one.
Now, nearly two years later, the lawsuit is back in Boone County Court.