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Perjury charges dismissed against Louisville police officer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Charges have been dismissed against a Louisville Metro Police accused of lying to a grand jury.

The Jefferson Commonwealth's Attorney's office decided Wednesday against taking Officer Leslee Wagner to trial for a third time, saying it was doubtful there would be a different result.

After two mistrials, Wagner was slated to face a third trial in connection with allegations that she committed perjury and false swearing, and that she lied during a grand jury presentation regarding an arrest she made in 2013. 

"She committed no criminal offense and is grateful to be exonerated and move on with her life," defense attorney Steve Schroering said in a statement.

Wagner is still on administrative leave and the department is conducting an internal investigation into her actions.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Cooke, a spokesman for the office, said that after a review of the transcripts of the previous trials, they "did not see how the case could be significantly improved."

The charges revolved around an incident in which 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.

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

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