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Man charged with murder in officer’s death pleads not guilty

Roger Burdette appeared in court on Dec. 26.
Roger Burdette appeared in court on Dec. 26.(WAVE 3 News)
Updated: Dec. 26, 2018 at 10:17 AM EST
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Roger Burdette, 60, was arrested after he allegedly failed a field-sobriety test following the crash.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The man charged with murder following a crash that killed a Louisville Metro Police Department detective pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday.

Roger Burdette’s lawyer, David Lambertus, entered the not guilty plea on his behalf on charges of murder and operating under the influence.

The crash happened on Interstate 64 east between Ninth and Third streets, just under the Belvedere in downtown Louisville on Christmas Eve.

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LMPD Det. Deidre Mengedoht, 32, a seven-year veteran of the force, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Burdette, 60, was arrested after he allegedly failed a field-sobriety test following the crash.

According to his arrest report, Burdette admitted to “taking multiple prescription drugs.”

Lambertus asked for Burdette’s bond to be reduced.

“He has a zero risk of nonappearance and zero risk to reoffend while on bond,” Lamberturs said. “He has no probation, no felony conviction, no parole or anything of this nature.”

That request was denied. Burdette’s bond remains at $200,000. He was also ordered not to have any contact with the victim’s family.

He was scheduled to appear back in court on Jan. 7 at 9 a.m.

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