Ex-Sheriff Terry Maketa corruption case trial postponed

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV/AP) - UPDATE (5/19/17, 11 a.m.):
Following an eleventh-hour delay request filed by prosecutors for former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, as reported by The Gazette, a motions hearing was held Friday morning.

Terry Maketa, alongside his wife following appearance in court, March 31, 2017.

The judge ruled for the postponement, with jury selection beginning June 27. Another motions hearing will take place May 31.

About two weeks ago, the trail was set for May 31.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

UPDATE (3/31/17, 10 a.m.):
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa appeared in court Friday morning for a motions hearing, after pleading not guilty in December.

The defense attorneys argued for a venue change, referencing the issues of pre-trial publicity and his community presence.

The judge denied the request, stating publicity is not as persuasive in this case. The judge stated the decision could change during jury selection. Right now, there are 86 potential jurors.

The judge also denied the request by the defense to toss out the extortion charges.

Maketa's hearing lasted about two hours. He's scheduled for trial May 31.
UPDATE (12/19/16, 3 p.m.):
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa pleaded not guilty in a case tied to corruption. A trial date has been for set for May 31, 2017. The trial is scheduled to last two weeks. A motions hearing is slated for March 31, 2017.

Maketa is facing a slew of charges, including extortion, victim tampering, false imprisonment and official misconduct.

He and one of his co-defendants, former undersheriff Paula Presley, are accused of coercing a woman to recant her claim that a deputy had punched her during a domestic dispute. The woman was then arrested.

Prosecutors also say Maketa threatened to end a $5.2 million contract with the jail health care provider unless the company fired an employee.

Another co-defendant, former commander Juan San Agustin, is charged with second-degree kidnapping and false imprisonment.

UPDATE (6/9/16, 12:22 p.m.):
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa had no comment for reporters as he left the county courthouse Thursday morning.

It was Maketa's first appearance before a judge since he was indicted by a grand jury last month.

Former county Undersheriff Paula Presley and Commander Juan San Agustin also made court appearance Thursday.

The trio waived formal readings and advisement of the charges. Their next court appearance will be Sept. 6.

The 18th Judicial District, which is overseeing their cases, said the court had entered mandatory protection orders stating that the defendants "shall not in any way harass any of the witnesses in the case."
UPDATE (6/9/16, 10:09 a.m.): Terry Maketa showed up first his first court appearance post-indictment with a smile on his face.

Flanked by three others, presumably lawyers, he walked into the courthouse shortly before his 10 a.m. advisement. Maketa will be defended by high-profile attorney Pamela Mackey, whose client roster includes former NBA star Kobe Bryant.
PREVIOUS (6/9/16, 8 a.m.): Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa will face a judge for the first time Thursday morning since being indicted on several felony charges last month.

Maketa was indicted by an El Paso County grand jury on felony counts of extortion, witness tampering and kidnapping.

Former Undersheriff Paula Presley and former Commander John San Agustin were also charged.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation turned up a wide range of allegations involving abuse of power and reprisals against political rivals.

Maketa and Presley face nine counts, including six felonies and three misdemeanors. San Agustin was charged with two felonies, including second-degree kidnapping and false imprisonment.

The indictments allege Maketa and Presley, along with San Agustin, conspired to force a domestic violence victim to recant her story to protect a deputy she said punched her. That woman was later arrested and put in jail. Her charges were later dropped.

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