Detective accused of perjury in Masters case resigns

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Fort Collins police detective who was accused of perjury in the Timothy Masters case has resigned.

Police Chief John Hutto said Saturday that Lt. James Broderick resigned to pursue other opportunities. The chief added that the resignation was not forced.

The Weld County district attorney asked a judge earlier this year to drop all charges against Broderick, who was accused of lying during trial to secure a murder conviction against Masters. Masters was convicted in 1999 of the 1987 murder of Fort Collins resident Peggy Hettrick, but he was exonerated in 2008 after DNA evidence pointed to a different culprit.

The Coloradoan reports ( ) Broderick, who has been on paid administrative leave since 2010, did not respond to an email seeking comment. Masters declined to comment.


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