TERRY MAKETA MIGHT FACE A SECOND TRIAL
Prosecutors are weighing whether to retry former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa after a jury acquitted him of three counts and hung on the remaining four, resulting in a partial mistrial.
“That’s something we haven’t decided just yet,” special prosecutor Mark Hurlbert said. “Hopefully, we’ll have a decision in the next few days.”
The long-awaited case — involving sweeping allegations of corruption — was left steeped in irresolution on the trial’s ninth day. Yet even as the bulk of the charges against him remained, Maketa, 52, claimed victory.
“We’re thrilled,” he said, leaving the courthouse with his wife. “It was a victory. Now we’re going to go home and spend some peaceful time together.”