FORT COLLINS - It was a bizarre scene - a muscular, sandy-haired man wielding a long, pointed icicle, waving it in a stabbing motion toward a restaurant worker on Feb. 24, 1987.
And it might have gone down in history as just that - a strange occurrence captured on a two-page police report, destined for a file cabinet someplace.
Except that it happened less than two weeks after one of the most notorious murders in Fort Collins history, the stabbing and sexual mutilation of Peggy Hettrick.
And that it happened at the Prime Minister, the restaurant where Hettrick was last seen alive.
And that the description of the icicle-wielding guy sounds a lot like that of a Fort Collins physician who some officers thought should have been investigated as a potential suspect in Hettrick's killing.
And that the woman bore a resemblance to Hettrick herself.
"I certainly found it weird," former Fort Collins police officer Ray Martinez testified Friday, in the latest in a long-running series of hearings being held as part of an effort to win Tim Masters a new trial in Hettrick's killing.
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