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Murder investigation leads to arrest of former police detective

Friday, December 10, 2004

- Former police detective not believed to be involved in murders of Tonya Pickett and Ricky Mustard

A former Brazil City Police detective captain, Roger Lindsay, 54, of Tamarac, Fla., is in jail today following an indictment by a Clay County Grand Jury.

On Thursday, the Grand Jury concluded a three-day investigation that resulted in a multiple count indictment against a former Brazil City Police officer.

The Indiana State Police Cold Case Investigative Team has been re-investigating the 1988 murders of Brazil residents Tonya Pickett and Ricky Mustard. During the re-investigation, state police investigators uncovered alleged criminal acts by Lindsay. These wrongful acts impacted and misled the original murder investigation and subsequent investigations.

The investigators learned that Detective Lindsay had created false information that wrongly accused individuals of the murders. The false information caused investigators to pursue the wrong suspects for several years. However, the new investigation does not suggest that former Detective Lindsay was involved in the murders.

The State Police investigators presented these allegations about Lindsay to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office. Prosecutor David Thomas then submitted these allegations to a Grand Jury. The Grand Jury issued the following three-count indictment against Lindsay.

- Count 1; Corrupt Business Influence, Class C felony

- Count 2; False Reporting , Class A misdemeanor

- Count 3; False Reporting , Class A misdemeanor

If convicted on all three counts, Lindsay could receive up to six years in prison and be fined a maximum of $20,000.

Details of evidence presented to the Grand Jury are not available because Indiana State Law prohibits the disclosure of evidence presented to a Grand Jury, so it is not known what, exactly, is meant by the charges.

Lindsay was arrested Thursday at approximately 7 p.m. at his Tamarac, Florida residence by the Broward County Florida Sheriff's Office. He was taken into custody and incarcerated at the Broward County Jail without incident. Roger Lindsay is awaiting extradition to Indiana.

Bond was set at $15,000. The court will not let him post 10 percent for release, as is often the situation.

Anyone with information concerning the continuing investigation of Roger Lindsay is urged to contact Indiana State Police Detective J. Troy Stanton at 812-299-1151.

Anyone with information about the Tonya Pickett and Ricky Mustard murders are urged to contact ISP Cold Case Investigators; Sgt. M.L. Allcron or Detective Alan McElroy at 812-448-9999.

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