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Man Indicted On Seven Counts In Christmas Eve Death Of Louisville Detective

Posted at 1:30 PM, Feb 14, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3)– WAVE 3 News is reporting that a Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a man in the death of a Louisville Metro Police Department detective.

Roger Burdette, 60, was a city employee with the Metropolitan Sewer District.


Police say that on Christmas Eve, 2018, 32-year-old Diedre “Dede” Mengedoht was performing a traffic stop on a truck in the far right, eastbound lane on I-64 when a semi-truck hit the back of the vehicle she was in. They say the semi pushed her vehicle into the pickup truck that she had stopped and her vehicle caught fire.

Mengedoht’s emergency lights were on, according to police.

Burdette was charged with murder of a police officer and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence in the case.

On December 26, 2018, Burdette’s lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

On Thursday, February 14, 2019, WAVE 3 News reported that Burdette was indicted on seven counts, including murder and four counts of wanton endangerment.