Colorado

May 9, 2011 2:53 PM by Greg Boyce

Lying charge against cop dismissed

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A judge has dismissed the case against a Fort Collins police detective accused of lying in a murder case that ended in the conviction of an innocent man.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported that Weld District Judge James Hartman issued the ruling Monday in favor of detective Jim Broderick, saying the statute of limitations had expired.

The 54-year-old investigator was charged with seven counts of perjury stemming from his investigation and testimony in the 1999 murder conviction of Timothy Masters.  Masters was convicted of killing Peggy Hettrick of Fort Collins. He was released from prison in 2008 when new DNA testing led to his
conviction being overturned.

City and county officials settled lawsuits filed by Masters for a total of $10 million.

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