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Attorney accuses LMPD detective of giving false testimony to grand jury in murder case

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Sgt. Scott Beatty Sgt. Scott Beatty

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville Metro Police detective has been accused of giving false testimony to a Jefferson County grand jury in order to obtain a murder indictment against an 18-year-old last year.

But police deny the allegation from Louisville defense attorney Julie Kaelin and say there will be no investigation into Det. Scott Beatty's testimony.

"I don't think there was any misleading or false information represented," said Lt. Todd Kessinger, commander of the Louisville Metro Police Homicide Unit.

On Tuesday, murder and robbery charges were dismissed against Isaiah Jenkins, who along with Maunyeh Haggard was accused of shooting 31-year-old Andrew C. Key-Roper on Jan. 28, 2015, at the Russell Apartments at the corner of S. 18th Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Cook said charges against Jenkins were dismissed because prosecutors didn't "think we could prove (Jenkins) knew (Haggard) was going to shoot somebody" when they went to the apartment.

Haggard pleaded guilty to manslaughter 2nd degree and wanton endangerment and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Kaelin, who represents Jenkins, said her client had nothing to do with a robbery or murder and was only indicted because of "false, misleading and calculated" testimony from Beatty, according to a motion she filed last week.

"A grand jury can't indict on incorrect testimony," Kaelin said in an interview Thursday, adding that prosecutors and police have a responsibility to investigate what Beatty told the grand jury. 

"It's a problem if we don't ever follow up on this," Kaelin said. "This is a detective who was in the homicide unit. ...There will be other cases involving him in the future and to not follow up on it is a bit like sweeping the dust under the rug and ignoring it."

Det. Beatty, according to court records, told a grand jury that "both suspects were positively identified through witness statements and photo-packs as being the ones responsible for the victim's death."

"This is simply untrue," Kaelin said in a Feb. 10 motion to Judge Olu Stevens, asking to dismiss the case. "The grand jurors of Jefferson County were led to believe that multiple witnesses indicated Isaiah Jenkins was responsible for the victim's death. This is categorically false."

Prosecutors, according to Kaelin, did not have a single witness who "actually makes such a statement or anything even resembling such an accusation."

Cooke and Kessinger said Kaelin's motion had nothing to do with the prosecution agreeing to dismiss the case.

"He was indicted because he was at the scene and (there was) sufficient evidence that he was an accomplice," Cooke said.

The plea agreement states that Haggard got into a fight with Key-Roper's brother over drugs. Key-Roper had a kitchen knife and was shot once by Haggard. The summary states that Jenkins was only at the scene during the fight.

When asked about Kaelin's allegations, Cooke said he had not read her entire motion and could not immediately address it.

Beatty also wrote in a police citation that Jenkins "admitted to participating in a robbery of an individual, where an additional victim was shot and killed," Kaelin wrote. "This is absolutely false."

Kaelin called other testimony "absolutely fiction invented by Detective Beatty."

Kaelin claims every witness involved identified Haggard as the shooter. One witness identified Jenkins as being present but was "just sitting there," Kaelin claims.

"The police are not allowed to mislead a Grand Jury or Circuit Court judge, both of which occurred in this case," Kaelin said in her motion.

Police have said Jenkins and Haggard were in the process of robbing a resident of the Russell Apartments when Key-Roper intervened. Haggard pulled a gun while attempting to rob the first man, but ultimately shot Key-Roper once in the chest, police have said.

"From our perspective, they were responsible for the victim's death," Kessinger maintained Thursday. "They went there to rob him, and during that robbery, he was shot and killed."

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