DENVER (CBS4/AP) – The CIA contractor from Highlands Ranch accused of assault appeared in court Monday afternoon.
A plea deal was being considered but wasn’t reached in the hearing after the prosecution was allowed to get a continuance. Prosecutors told the judge the proposed deal unraveled after the lawyer for the alleged victim, Jeffrey Maes, added unspecified conditions.
Raymond Davis was held prisoner in Pakistan in 2011 after shooting two Pakistanis to death. He was released after a $2 million payment some labeled as “blood money.”
A few months later Davis was charged with felony assault after a fight with Maes over a parking space in Highlands Ranch.
After the hearing, Maes’ lawyer, Larry Klayman, said the deal should include an apology, jail time, restitution or anger management classes. He called Davis a loose cannon.
“He even gave an apology to the Pakistani families of the people that he killed. Then they paid $2 million in blood money. It was an apology under Sharia law. if it’s good enough for Sharia law, isn’t it good enough for Colorado law?” Klayman said.
The proposed deal had called for Davis to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in exchange for probation. It also called for him to pay restitution to Maes and take anger management classes.
The case had been set to go to trial this week but lawyers were not ready to proceed. The angry judge gave them until March 1 to reach a deal or else he said Davis would go on trial July 15.
Maes’ attorney believes Davis is getting special treatment because of his work as a CIA contractor. That’s something the former district attorney Carol Chambers denied during a conversation with the victim’s attorney before leaving office.
“I suspect that the Central Intelligence Agency or other agencies of the U.S. government may try pressure you to downgrade the charge,” Klayman told Chambers.
“You are making public allegations that we are being influenced by the CIA, and those allegations are not true,” Chamber replied.
With a new district attorney now in charge, Davis may be allowed to plead no contest to reduced charges.
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