A Detroit police officer knew about a plan to kill a 33-year-old man but did nothing to stop it, according to accusations made public in court today.

Prosecutors contend Elijah Lately, 25, had knowledge that Brandon Rice, a witness in a case, was going to be murdered and allege Lately lied to police investigating the homicide about what he knew.

Rice was fatally shot the morning of April 23 in the 300 block of Elmhurst in Highland Park.

Lately — who has been an officer for four years and lived on that street, according to a court document — was indicted by a one-man grand jury and faces two counts of lying to a police officer during a violent crime investigation. The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison.

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