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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  1. steve says:


  2. Sali says:

    Is anyone investigating whether Broderick has anything to do with being a potential ‘suspect’ in the Hettirick case? Has there not been a possiblity said of more than one suspect involved in Hettirick’s death? After all, he withheld so much and also commented, “well you can find DNA evidence ummm and it may have an innocent explanation” when a question by 48 Hour Mystery was asked to him (Broderick) if Hettirick’s ex-boyfriend’s DNA found on her clothing inside her underwear and on her cuffs gave him “any pause”. Again, Broderick said, “…you can find DNA evidence ummm and it may have an innocent explanation.” Yet, just before asking him if evidence of Zolner’s DNA found on her clothing gave him “any pause” Broderick was asked if he still thought Masters did the crime. Broderick’s response was “I believe I followed the evidence okay, and the evidence pointed to Tim Masters”. Broderick was/is so bent on Masters being the one and only suspect period. How can evidence pointing to ex-boyfriend’s DNA on the inside of her underwear and cuffs have “an innocent explanation” of why it’s there? Why were all those tapes of the sex offender destroyed at Broderick’s direction? His answer was something of “technology and the poor victims” videotaped leaking somehow to the public so destroy all without going through for evidence. Fishy cop, something’s up.

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