FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – A Fort Collins police officer accused of lying in a murder case in which a man’s conviction was overturned has pleaded not guilty to perjury.

The Coloradoan reports that a district judge also dismissed one of the eight counts of perjury against Lt. James Broderick Friday. A hearing on motions was set for May 2.

A Larimer County grand jury indicted Broderick on perjury charges in June. The charges stem from his investigation of the 1987 stabbing death of Peggy Hettrick.

Timothy Masters was convicted in 1999 of killing the Fort Collins woman. He was released from prison in 2008 when new DNA testing led to his conviction being overturned.

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

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  1. Mark says:

    Officer Broderick lied about everything. My guess is that he was covering up a crime committed by a friend, another police officer or a family member. He should be in Prison and all of his previous convictions should be overturned. Unfortunately he is a bad example of a police officer.

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