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 announced Saturday afternoon that Lt. James Broderick resigned to pursue other opportunities. The chief added that the resignation was not forced.  Chief Hutto also said the internal investigation into Broderick's actions has also been suspended. 

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.

Broderick has been on paid administrative leave since June of 2010 for allegedly lying when he testified there was only one shoe print at the murder scene.  He's also accused of lying about the color of spray paint on a bridge near the murder scene.  During Saturday's news conference, Chief Hutto said the community may never know the truth.

"I would like to know.  I think the community would like to know, but we have to think about what the purpose of an internal investigation is," Chief Hutto said.

Broderick has recieved more than $255,000 in leave money.  Chief Hutto said attorney fees have cost the city about 250,000 dollars and the city has no mechanism for recovering either of those costs.

7NEWS went by the address listed for Broderick but nobody was home.  Tim Masters did not return our calls but his Aunt told us this brings some closure.

"It's been a long time coming and we've all waited for this.  I think he lied about alot of things, but if that's what they wanna do for him, he has to live with himself, not us," Colleen Masters said.

The case continues to be investigated by the Attorney General.