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Trial date set for former El Paso County sheriff

Trial date set for former El Paso County sheriff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is scheduled to go to trial in May.

That announcement came at a hearing at the county courthouse Monday afternoon.

Maketa and former undersheriff Paula Presley are accused of nine counts of kidnapping, extortion, abuse of power, and other charges.

Former commander Juan San Agustin is only accused of kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Maketa’s attorney tried to get the indictment thrown out, but Judge Larry Schwartz denied that motion in November.

None of the three defendants were at the hearing in person.

The judge allowed them to appear by phone, along with their attorneys.

Maketa’s attorney, David Kaplan said by phone Maketa is ready to plead not guilty and set a trial date, so the court set the date for May 31 of next year.

The trial is expected to last approximately two weeks.

Prosecutor Mark Hurlbert also stated in court Monday that the three will be tried separately.

“I don’t see a way we can join these at this time,” he told the judge.

Unlike Maketa, neither Paula Presley nor Juan San Agustin entered a plea, and therefore no trial date was set.

Instead, their arraignments are set for January 17.



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