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Back home again

Monday, December 20, 2004

Former Brazil Police Capt. Roger Lindsay (in white T-shirt) arrives at the Terre Haute Air Center Friday night after being extradited from Florida by the Indiana State Police. Surrounding him are Sgt. Joe Watts, Detective Troy Stanton and Trooper Jared Nicoson. Involved in the investigation of the double homicide of Ricky Mustard and Tonya Pickett in 1988, he was recently indicted by a Grand Jury on two counts of false reporting and one count of corrupt business influence. He was later transported to Clay County Jail. Photo submitted by Action 10 News WTHI

More than 19 years after Roger Lindsay began his career with the Brazil Police Dept., he has returned to the city he once called home adorned in handcuffs.

Arriving at the Terre Haute Air Center in an Indiana State Police aircraft at approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday, Lindsay was reunited with former colleague Mark Loudermilk, Brazil City Police Chief, who joined ISP Trooper Jared Nicoson and ISP Det. Troy Stanton in escorting the 54-year-old Tamarac, Fla. resident back to Clay County.

"It was a quiet trip," ISP Sgt. Joe Watts told the Brazil Times. "They brought back three bags of evidence pertaining to this case."

Law enforcement officials left at 7:30 a.m. Friday to extradite Lindsay to Indiana after he was indicted by a Clay County Grand Jury on Dec. 9. The three-count indictment included two counts of false reporting, Class A misdemeanor, and one count of corrupt business influence, Class C felony. After reinvestigating the 1988 double murder of Brazil residents Tonya Pickett and Ricky Mustard, the ISP Cold Case Investigative Team discovered alleged criminal acts by Lindsay, which impacted and misled the original and later investigations of the double homicide.

In a press conference on Dec. 10, Loudermilk ex-plained that three of the counts against Lindsay are from incidents occurring over the last two years, while the corrupt business influence charge spans his entire law enforcement career from 1977 to 2004. Watts said Lindsay, now a licensed private investigator, has been employed as a security police officer at a local hospital near his Florida home.

"He was arrested without incident at his home on Dec. 9," Watts said. "He's been sitting in the Broward County Jail ever since."

Once Lindsay exited the plane, ISP Trooper Sam Stearley transported him to the Clay County Jail, where Watts said he will remain until his initial court arraignment, which will likely be set for Monday or Tuesday. Bond is set at $15,000 cash, and he will not be allowed to post 10 percent for his release.

"We'd like to have any information someone may be holding right now but not know they have," Watts said. "It doesn't have to be just about this case, anything that someone would feel is a criminal act, including any kind of official misconduct. We are willing to talk to anyone who knows anything."

Persons with information concerning Roger Lindsay, whether or not it is specifically relevant to the murders of Tonya Pickett and Ricky Mustard, should contact ISP Det. Troy Stanton at 812-299-1153.

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