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Grand Jury indicts former police detective Lindsay

Friday, December 10, 2004

A murder investigation led to the indictment and arrest of a former Brazil Police officer.

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 the former Brazil City Police Detective Captain.

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, Lindsay is not a suspect in the murders.

"We're not looking at Lindsay as a suspect in the murders," Det. Alan McElroy, Indiana State Police Cold Case Team said. "What he did impeded the investigation and took the case in a wrong direction. ...

"Evidence from the Grand Jury indictment ... will dispel rumors that certain persons in Clay County committed these crimes." However, he refused to elaborate.

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.

"The Cold Case Team detectives and myself felt the need to go through this procedure first before going on with the murder investigation," said Thomas. "We got evidence through the Grand Jury proceedings that will be helpful for us in the homicide investigation.

"Indiana Law prohibits me from commenting on the nature of the evidence."

McElroy believes the Cold Case Team investigation will lead to the solution of the double-murders.

"We hope in the near future that we can present the case to the prosecutor. There's no time frame on this, however," McElroy said.

Lindsay was arrested Thursday at approximately 7 p.m. at his Tamarac, Florida residence by the Broward County, Fla., 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.

The Clay County Prosecutor expects Lindsay to return to Indiana soon.

"If Lindsay waives extradition, we expect to have him back here in Clay County in several days," Thomas said.

Thomas expects Lindsay to be transferred to the Clay County Jail.

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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