Lt. James Broderick, 55, was indicted on nine felony perjury counts in July 2011 regarding statements he made during the 1990s investigation, arrest, prosecution and imprisonment of Timothy Masters for murder. In December, District Judge Ingrid Bakke of Boulder dismissed three counts after Broderick's attorneys argued the evidence didn't support them.
Prosecutors with Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck's office appealed the dismissal, and the Colorado Court of Appeals restored one of three counts in July 2012. Last month, the DA filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to review the other two charges counts 1 and 7 and restore them.
The high court hasn't yet decided whether to take up the case, and it's uncertain how long it will take for a decision. Meanwhile the city has continued to pay Broderick's salary of about $102,251 per year.
The perjury case is to return to the 8th Judicial District, where Broderick has not yet entered a plea. This is the second grand jury indictment of Broderick in connection with the Masters case since 2010; the first case was dismissed because the indictment was found to have violated the statute of limitations. The second case includes many of the same charges as the first.
Before the first case was dropped, Broderick pleaded "absolutely innocent."
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