Roger Lindsay's Jan. 6 circuit court appearance for a pretrial conference was rescheduled due to Clay County Prosecuting Attorney David O. Thomas' resignation and the assignment of a new prosecutor. During the interim Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Pell will need time to familiarize himself with the necessary details needed to handle the case.
The Indiana State Police Cold Case Investigative Team's investigation of the 1988 double murders of Brazil residents Tonya Pickett and her stepfather Ricky Mustard led to Lindsay's indictment by a Clay County Grand Jury on Dec. 9.
Lindsay was a detective on the Brazil City Police Department at the time of the murders.
Investigators accuse Lindsay of giving false information that has hampered the ongoing investigation into the Pickett/Mustard murders for several years.
Facing one count of corrupt business influence and two counts of false reporting, Lindsay maintains his innocence.
Lindsay's attorney said the charge of corrupt business influence comes from the RICO laws.
"It is unclear why these particular charges have been levied against Mr. Lindsay," Attorney Scott E. Racop said, explaining his clients reluctance to make further statements regarding the case. "Being charged while innocent is a difficult situation for Mr. Lindsay and his family."
In 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act was passed by Congress in an effort to eliminate the ill-affects on the nation's economy of organized crime, that is the Mafia.
Through the years the law has been applied to persons employed by or associated to an enterprise participating knowingly or intentionally in corrupt business practices or influence, and/or has derived proceeds from a pattern of racketeering activity.
Roger Lindsay, who was working as a federal law enforcement officer before his Dec. 9 arrest, is awaiting further case developments at his home in Tamarac, Fla.