Crime

James Broderick: $500K spent not convicting cop adds to $10M wasted on failed murder case

Justice can be expensive -- but the cost of injustice is often even higher. Case in point: the horrifically botched investigation into the 1987 murder of Fort Collins' Peggy Hettrick. Thus far, the case has cost authorities at least $10.5 million -- the latest $500,000 as a result of a failed prosecution aimed at Detective James Broderick, who allegedly helped railroad an innocent man.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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