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Former detective who lied in court sentenced to probation

February 15, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky State Police detective who lied in court about a slaying he was investigating has been sentenced to two years of probation.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports U.S. District Judge Karen K. Caldwell handed down the sentence Thursday for Charles J. Senters, who pleaded guilty last year in federal court in Lexington to making a false statement.

Senters was investigating the December 2012 death of Eli Marcum in Clay County when he threw some items found nearby into the trash. Lawyers for two other men accused in the case said the discarded items should have been tested.

Senters pleaded guilty to falsely testifying a supervisor witnessed him throwing the items away.

The two other men pleaded guilty to drug charges, but prosecutors dropped a charge related to Marcum’s death.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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