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Lance Benzel

Legal Affairs reporter

Lance Benzel covers legal affairs for The Gazette, with a focus on the criminal courts, and also writes a monthly mountain biking column entitled "Rider in Residence." He joined the newspaper's staff in 2008 after previous stops in Billings, Mont., central North Carolina and Chicago.

MAKETA TRIAL
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, left, enters the fifth floor of the South Tower of the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex on Tuesday January 23, 2018 in Colorado Springs. He is being tried again on corruption allegations that left a previous panel deadlocked. Jury selection is to begin at 9 a.m. today, with 90 prospective jurors on tap for consideration in a process that could take days. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
A retrial began Tuesday for former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa on corruption allegations that left a previous panel deadlocked. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette file)
Former Sheriff Indicted
FILE - Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa listens during closing arguments in his trail in Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday, July 10, 2017. (Adam Knapik/KOAA-TV via AP, Pool)
MAKETA TRIAL
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, left, enters the fifth floor of the South Tower of the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex on Tuesday January 23, 2018 in Colorado Springs. He is being tried again on corruption allegations that left a previous panel deadlocked. Jury selection is to begin at 9 a.m. today, with 90 prospective jurors on tap for consideration in a process that could take days. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, left, enters the fifth floor of the South Tower of the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex on Tuesday January 23, 2018 in Colorado Springs. He is being tried again on corruption allegations that left a previous panel deadlocked. Jury selection is to begin at 9 a.m. today, with 90 prospective jurors on tap for consideration in a process that could take days. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
MAKETA TRIAL
Former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, left, enters the fifth floor of the South Tower of the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex on Tuesday January 23, 2018 in Colorado Springs. He is being tried again on corruption allegations that left a previous panel deadlocked. Jury selection is to begin at 9 a.m. today, with 90 prospective jurors on tap for consideration in a process that could take days. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
maketa
A retrial begins Tuesday for former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa on corruption allegations that left a previous panel deadlocked. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette file)
CSPD GRADUATION
Officer Matthew Fleming, left, and his fellow graduating officers listen to Mayor John Suthers speech during the 67th Colorado Springs Police Department commencement ceremony that took place at Village Seven Presbyterian Church on Friday January 12, 2018 in Colorado Springs. The class was the largest one thus far for the department. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)