Defense Wants Perjury Charges Against Police Lt. Dropped

Lawyer For Ft. Collins Officer Moves To Toss Perjury Case

The lawyer for a Fort Collins police lieutenant wants perjury charges against his client dropped.

"Jim Broderick denies that he made any false statement," said attorney Patrick Tooley.

That was the basis for an afternoon of legal wrangling in Larimer County Wednesday over whether Lt. Jim Broderick should stand trial for perjury.

"You cannot premise a perjury claim on something he didn't say," Tooley told Weld County District Court Judge James Hartmann. "There is no irreconcilable contradiction."

A Larimer County grand jury indicted Broderick this summer on eight perjury counts for his role in the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of Tim Masters in 1987.

Masters went to prison for the murder of 37-year-old Peggy Hettrick for nearly 10 years, before new evidence led to his release in 2008.

From that point forward, the case against Broderick slowly started to materialize, first with a second review by special prosecutor and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck.

Broderick maintains his innocence and is on paid leave from the Ft. Collins police department.

He had several supporters and family members in the Larimer County courtroom Wednesday.

Tooley told TheDenverChannel he didn't expect Judge Hartmann to rule on the dismissal motion for several days.