Ex-detective indicted on perjury, evidence tampering charges

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky police officer involved in cases that wrongfully imprisoned several men has been indicted on perjury and evidence tampering charges.

News outlets report former Louisville police Detective Mark Handy was indicted by a grand jury in Jefferson County on Wednesday. He is accused of giving false testimony against Edwin Chandler and tampering with evidence in a murder case against Keith West.

Chandler was in prison for nine years for a 1993 killing before new fingerprint technology helped clear him in 2009. West spent nearly seven years in prison for two shootings deaths he said were in self-defense.

Special prosecutor Shane Young says Handy is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on Oct. 22.

The Courier Journal could not reach Handy for comment on Wednesday but he has previously said he couldn’t remember the details of the cases.

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