TERRY MAKETA MIGHT FACE A SEC­OND TRIAL

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — The Gazette

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.”

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