- Former officer believes retaliation may be motive behind arrest
With all the mystery surrounding a 1988 double murder investigation, add another: Roger Lindsay, who was arrested in Florida last week and brought to Indiana by State Police said he does not understand why he is being charged with having a corrupt business influence and two counts of false informing.
Lindsay's attorney, Scott E. Racop, said in a written statement, "Mr. Lindsay believes the charges are without merit, and that they will ultimately be dismissed. Mr. Lindsay is currently employed as a federal law enforcement officer in the state of Florida."
Lindsay remains in the Clay County jail on $10,000 bond.
Lindsay was a police captain with the Brazil City Police Department in 1988 when Ricky Mustard and Tonya Pickett were shot to death.
Racop goes on to say, "Roger Lindsay does not know the motive behind these charges.
He be-lieves it may be in retaliation for a Marion County civil suit that he filed against the Indiana State Police in the 1990s. That civil suit was later dismissed by Mr. Lindsay. To date the Clay County Prosecutor has not supplied any evidence of a crime being committed by Mr. Lindsay ..."
Lindsay was arraigned Monday in Brazil. Not guilty pleas were entered on Lindsay's behalf at the court hearing.
A pre-trial conference is set for Jan. 6. A trial date has not yet been assigned.
Racop's news release goes on to say, "While at the Brazil City Police Department, Mr. Lindsay solved hundreds of crimes. Roger Lindsay left the department in 1990 and no longer did any work on the double homicide investigation. In July of 2003, the Indiana State Police contacted him for his assitance in the investigation. He agreed to come to Indiana and he reviewed the investigation of the crime scene with the Indiana State Police. He also returned in November of 2004 at their request and has fully cooperated with the Indiana State Police."