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Former detective accused of misleading murder investigation

Friday, December 10, 2004

BRAZIL, Ind. (AP) -- A grand jury indicted a former detective on charges of impeding a 16-year-old murder investigation that since has been reopened by state police.

Clay County grand jurors indicted Roger D. Lindsay, 54, of Tamarac, Fla., on charges of corrupt business influence and false reporting Thursday, Indiana State Police said in a news release.

Authorities in Broward County (Fla.) were holding Lindsay in a lockup in Tamarac pending an extradition hearing, according to the Sheriff's Department Web site. State police said he was being held on $15,000 cash bond.

The Indiana State Police Cold Case Homicide Team in January reopened an investigation in the unsolved 1988 shotgun slayings of Tonya Pickett, 16, and her stepfather, Ricky Mustard, 32. Both were shot to death on the night of Nov. 18, 1988, in the family's home in the city northeast of Terre Haute.

State police said that Lindsay, then a Brazil city police detective, had created false information that implicated certain people and caused investigators to pursue the wrong suspects for several years.

Police said there is no evidence that Lindsay was involved in the killings.

The most serious charge against Lindsay carries a penalty of two to eight years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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