LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man accused of crashing into an LMPD officer and killing her no longer works at MSD, WAVE 3 News learned at a court hearing Monday.
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MSD originally hired attorney David Lambertus to represent Roger Burdette, the driver who crashed into LMPD Det. Deidre Mengedoht and killed her on Dec. 24.
In a crowded courtroom packed with LMPD officers Monday, Lambertus notified the judge that he was no longer representing Burdette, and a public defender was assigned to the case. The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office also recused itself from the case, pending possible civil claims that would represent a conflict of interest.
Burdette, 60, admitted to arresting officers that he had taken multiple prescription drugs before the crash on Interstate 64 near the Belvedere.
He is charged with murder and DUI and is due back in court Wednesday.
MSD officially announced the firing in a statement on Friday. The termination was effective immediately from the issuance of a letter on January 9, according to MSD.