BOISE, Idaho — Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office called four more witnesses Wednesday, the third day in the trial of former Caldwell Police officer Joseph Hoadley, who's charged with four felony counts: deprivation of rights under the color of the law; destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation; tampering with a witness by harassment; and tampering with documents. He pleaded not guilty to all four counts in August.
Before Hoadley was fired in the wake of his indictment earlier this year, he had attained the rank of lieutenant and led the Caldwell Police Department's Investigations Division.
Wednesday, an FBI agent overseeing the case, an information technology specialist with the City of Caldwell, and two Caldwell officers testified.
One officer testified that he gave Hoadley's phones and laptops to the city's IT department, staff discovered that he had wiped data from the system, an allegation that led to Hoadley being indicted on the charge of tampering with documents.
Also testifying was Chad Hessman, an officer who served with Hoadley in the Caldwell P.D.'s Street Crimes Unit. Prosecutors allege that Hessman was the target of witness tampering by Hoadley.
Tuesday in U.S. District Court, another former officer testified that in 2017 he saw Hoadley strike a man in the head, causing him to fall to the ground, after Hoadley detained him on suspicion of marijuana possession. More from Tuesday's proceedings is posted in the Day 2 live blog.
KTVB reporter Morgan Romero has been in the courtroom all day Wednesday, sending live updates via Twitter. Follow here for her live blog:
Watch more crime news:
See the latest Treasure Valley crime news in our YouTube playlist: