Partial verdict reached in Maketa trial

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has been acquitted on three of seven counts, a judge announced to the courtroom Tuesday.

The verdicts are as follows:

  • Witness tampering — NOT GUILTY
  • Conspiracy to commit witness tampering — NOT GUILTY
  • Official misconduct — NOT GUILTY

Those were the only unanimous verdicts. The jury is hung on the remaining four charges.

The jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion charges, nor could they agree on two other official misconduct charges.

A conference call has been scheduled for Monday, July 17 at 9 a.m. to discuss the next steps.

“We’re just pleased with how it went. Very pleased,” Maketa said in reaction to the verdicts.




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