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Ex-State Police Detective Pleads Guilty To Lying In Clay Co. Murder Case

Posted at 4:43 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 16:48:38-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A former Kentucky State Police detective pleaded guilty to giving false testimony in a Clay County murder case.

According to a plea agreement filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Lexington, Senters lied on the stand in the murder of Eli Marcum in 2012.

Charles J. Senters originally faced up to fifteen years in prison and a $250,000 fine in the case.

But federal prosecutors agreed to a sentence of two years of probation, with eight months under home confinement.

The court filing says Senters destroyed two pieces of evidence — a yellow telephone cord and a silver knife — without authorization and later told a district court judge, under oath, that his supervisor had approved and witnessed the destruction.

The federal charges against defendants in the Marcum murder were later dismissed, the filing states.