Trial of LMPD officer accused of lying to grand jury ends in mis - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Trial of LMPD officer accused of lying to grand jury ends in mistrial

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A mistrial was declared Thursday afternoon in the case of an LMPD officer accused of lying to a grand jury, after four hours of deliberations.

Officer Leslee Wagner is accused of lying during a grand jury presentation regarding an arrest she made in 2013.

Wagner and her husband Larry, who was also an LMPD officer at the time, arrested repo man Adam Hannahs at their apartment complex.

Records state a car alarm was going off.

Hannahs claimed to be there to tow the car.

The Wagners were both off duty at the time but claim Hannahs was uncooperative with them -- so they arrested him and charged him with assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Hannahs was later indicted as a result of Leslee Wagner's testimony to a grand jury.

But later, video surfaced that Hannahs took during the incident.

"I'm going to shoot you in your f****** face you re****,” Leslee Wagner can be heard saying.

It shows a confrontation between Hannahs and the Wagners.

“I will place you under arrest if you don't give me an ID,” said Larry Wagner.

“For what?” asked Hannahs.

“Get on the Godd**** ground motherf*****. Now,” said Leslee Wagner in the video.

An internal LMPD investigation found Wagner's testimony does not match what the video shows.

"If I did not have that video, I would more than likely have been found guilty, lost my business, lost my freedom,” Hannahs told WDRB.

Hannahs charges were dropped and Leslee Wagner was charged with perjury and false swearing.

 "Two officers versus the word of a tow truck guy. You know who's going to win that,” Hannahs added.

Wagner got the chance this week, at her own trial, to defend herself.

"I did not intentionally make any false statements at my grand jury testimony,” Wagner said from the stand.

A jury sat through three days of arguments but after deliberating for four hours Thursday, they couldn't agree on a verdict.

"A lot of them felt that at the time of the incident, so much was going on in a short period of space and time, that when she gave her testimony to the grand jury, that basically she wasn't recalling things correctly, not necessarily lying,” said Tom Temple, a juror.

"Perjury is a notoriously difficult charge to prove because some of the elements are kind of subjective,” said Critt Cunningham, prosecutor.

"You never know what a jury is going to do. Obviously, the commonwealth was not able to meet its burden of proof,” said Steve Schroering, defense attorney.

Wagner still works for LMPD and remains on administrative reassignment.

A new pretrial date has been set for November with a jury trial beginning early next year.

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