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City officials favor investigation

Monday, December 13, 2004

Brazil City Mayor Tom Arthur called a news conference Friday afternoon to address the Grand Jury indictment of former Brazil Police Officer Roger Lindsay. Lindsay was involved in the investigation of the double homicide of Ricky Mustard and Tonya Pickett on Nov. 18, 1988.

Brazil Police Chief Mark Loudermilk said in a prepared statement that the Brazil Police Department was very much in favor of the Indiana State Police Cold Case Team investigation of the murders and had been assisting them over the past two years.

Lindsay worked for the Police Department from Aug. 1, 1985, until March 12, 1990.

In his statement, Loudermilk said, "I would like to impress upon the citizens of Brazil that two of the three indictments against Mr. Lindsay are from incidents occurring over the last two years, over a decade after he resigned from the Brazil Police Department and the Corrupt Business Influence charge covers his entire law enforcement career spanning from 1977 until 2004 which is before, during and after his employment with the Brazil Police Department."

Friday afternoon, Loudermilk explained to The Brazil Times that he believes Lindsay gave false information to the Cold Case Investigators in the past two years.

When asked if Lindsay was ever disciplined for anything while working for the Brazil department, Loudermilk said, "We have no records of that."

It was pointed out that Loudermilk had worked for the Brazil Police for a short time while Lindsay was still employed there. However, Loudermilk said he was new to the force at that time and had little contact with Lindsay.

Mayor Arthur said he and Loudermilk were concerned that Lindsay's indictment would reflect negatively on the 2004 Police Department.

"Brazil has existed for 140 years," Arthur said. "This is one officer in that long history. This doesn't reflect on the current Police Department. They are good, upstanding police officers that do their job and serve the public to the best of their ability."

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