Police Clear Investigator in Tim Masters Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Fort Collins, Colo. (AP) An internal investigation by Fort Collins police has cleared Lt. Jim Broderick of violating any department policies or procedures stemming from his involvement in a murder case against a man whose conviction was overturned because of new DNA evidence.

A jury in 1999 convicted Timothy Masters of stabbing a Fort Collins woman, Peggy Hettrick, to death in 1987. Broderick, a detective at the time, was the lead investigator in the case when it was presented to the jury.

A judge threw out Masters' conviction in January after DNA tests failed to connect him to the crime and hearings that raised questions about how the case was prosecuted.

Masters is suing Fort Collins and Larimer county officials for unspecified damages in federal court. He claims Broderick and others engaged in a conspiracy to convict him despite evidence pointing to other suspects.

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