Madison County

Three Richmond officers plead not guilty to intimidating witness

RICHMOND — Three Richmond police officers pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony counts accusing them of trying to intimidate or tamper with a female witness.

James Rogers, Garry Murphy and Brian Hensley entered the pleas during their arraignment before Madison Circuit Court Judge William Clouse Jr. The three were indicted by a grand jury in late January for an alleged incident last October.

After the brief arraignment, defense attorney Jim Deckard of Lexington said, "Our clients are innocent, and we look forward to a prompt resolution."

Rogers was indicted on a count of intimidating a participant in the legal process or tampering with a witness. The alternative charge of tampering will give the jury another option to consider at trial, Commonwealth's Attorney David Smith said last month.

Murphy and Hensley were indicted on a count of complicity to intimidate a participant in the legal process or complicity to tampering with witness.

Murphy also was indicted on a charge of fourth-degree assault for "intentionally causing physical injury" to a woman by allegedly hitting her, according to the indictment.

At the request of Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jennifer Hall Smith, the judge instructed the three officers to have no direct or indirect contact with the alleged victim.

Clouse scheduled a pretrial conference for March 4.

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