Lawyer for ex-sheriff says misconduct indictment is flawed

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, former Undersheriff Paula Presley and John San Agustin could face prison time if they are convicted of the felony charges they're facing.

Their attorneys say that's just not right.

The attorneys say more than half of the charges should be dropped before anything moves forward in court. None appeared in court on Tuesday, instead all appearing with their attorneys over the phone.

The trio face extortion, tampering with a witness, kidnapping and false imprisonment. But the attorneys for the three say the indictment against them is "flawed."

Over the phone, attorneys said Tuesday they plan to ask the judge to dismiss three-quarters of the charges.

Back in May, a grand jury decided there was reason to believe Maketa may have threatened to end a multi-million dollar contract with the jail's health care provider if that company didn't fire an employee who they accused of coaching a domestic violence victim.

The indictment also claims the three forced a domestic violence victim to recant her story in order for an El Paso County deputy, who reportedly attacked her, to keep his job.

That woman was booked into jail. The charges were later dropped.

The defense has until next month to file a motion to dismiss the charges. They're all expected back in court in November.