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Fort Collins Pays For Lt. Broderick’s Defense

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Lt. Jim Broderick (credit: CBS)

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – The city of Fort Collins has spent more than $94,000 defending a police lieutenant facing eight perjury counts.

Lt. Jim Broderick is accused of giving false testimony in the case of Tim Masters, who was convicted in 1999 of murder in the death of Peggy Hettrick. The conviction was overturned in 2008 after DNA evidence pointed to another suspect.

City Manager Darin Atteberry told the Coloradoan newspaper that the city believes Broderick acted fairly in his capacity as an investigator and is covering his attorney fees.

Broderick has said he is not guilty. If convicted, he would have to reimburse the city.

The Coloradoan reports that Broderick continues to receive his yearly salary of about $102,000 while on leave.

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