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Dec 1, 2010 7:08 PM by Greg Boyce

Cop wants charges against him dismissed

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A Fort Collins police officer accused of lying in the investigation in a botched murder case is asking a judge to throw out the charges against him.

Defense attorneys say prosecutors withheld information from the grand jury that indicted Lt. James Broderick. They argued their case in a hearing Wednesday.  A Larimer County grand jury indicted Broderick on eight counts of first-degree perjury in June in the investigation into Tim Masters in the stabbing death of 37-year-old Peggy Hettrick.

Broderick has denied the allegations. Masters was released in 2008 after nearly a decade in prison when his murder conviction was overturned by new DNA tests.

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