Grand Jury Indicts Former El Paso Sheriff

May 25, 2016
Photo: Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa (AP Photo)
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa in a 2006 file photo.

A grand jury handed down those charges against Maketa and his former undersheriff  - whom he’s alleged to have had an affair with. A departmental commander was indicted for kidnapping and other charges.

Controversy has swirled around the former sheriff after a slew of complaints were filed against him by former employees in 2014. He retired late that year.

18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler was appointed to be the special prosecutor in the case.

"The public should remember that an indictment is merely a list of allegations and that our criminal justice system only works if we presume those indicted innocent of those allegations at this stage of the proceedings," Brauchler said in a statement.

He said he couldn’t comment further. Maketa has said he will be vindicated.

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