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MSD will not pay for legal defense of employee charged with killing LMPD detective

In a statement issued Saturday, they said are cooperating with LMPD regarding the accident
Credit: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections
Roger Burdette

MSD will not pay for the legal representation of an employee charged with the death of an LMPD detective on Christmas Eve.

The company issued a statement on Saturday, stating that they are not paying for the defense of Roger Burdette, 60, who pleaded not guilty to murder and DUI.

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"MSD will not pay for legal representation for MSD employee Roger Burdette. Roger Burdette is a tractor-trailer driver for MSD, where he has been employed for 10 years. He was working for MSD on Monday, December 24, at the time of the fatal accident on Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville. As a result of his involvement in this accident, he has been placed on unpaid status, pending suspension."

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According to the statement, MSD is cooperating with Louisville Metro Police Department regarding the accident.

"This is a tragic accident and our condolences go out to Detective Deidre Mengedoht's family, her fellow officers and the entire community."

Burdette is set to appear in court next on Jan. 7.

Burdette had been on unpaid status since his arrest. MSD said on Jan. 3 they have started to terminate his employment at MSD and union contract processes.