LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Louisville city employee charged with the murder of an LMPD officer pleaded not guilty in court. Now, the city has stopped his pay, pending suspension.
Metropolitan Sewer District says that Roger Burdette has been placed on unpaid status following the Christmas Eve crash. Burdette was driving the truck that struck the cruiser of LMPD Det. Deidre Mengedoht, resulting in her death.
Officials say that Burdette allegedly failed a field sobriety test following the fatal crash.
“Roger Burdette is a tractor-trailer driver for MSD, where he has been employed for 10 years. He was working for MSD on Monday, December 24, at the time of the accident. He has been placed on unpaid status, pending suspension,” reads a statement from MSD General Counsel Paula Purifoy.
Burdette’s lawyer entered the not guilty plea on his behalf on charges of murder and operating under the influence.