Former CIA contractor involved in Pakistan shootout appears in court over parking space fight
Judge to consider plea agreement for Raymond Davis
Last Updated: 128 days ago
DENVER - A former CIA contractor who was involved in a 2011 shootout in Pakistan was in court Monday over a fight in parking lot at a Highlands Ranch bagel shop.
A judge was going to consider a plea agreement for Raymond Allen Davis, who is charged with felony assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the fight outside Einstein Bagels.
The deal calls for Davis to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in exchange for probation. It also calls for him to pay restitution to the alleged victim, Jeffrey Maes, and take anger management classes.
Davis' trial was scheduled to begin Monday. However, it was delayed because the lead detective was not available to testify on behalf of the prosecution. The defense waived its right to a speedy trial.
The judge lambasted both sides for delaying the trial before he rescheduled it for Aug. 9
Maes' attorney, Larry Klayman, said the delay is a conspiracy on the part of the U.S. government and the prosecutors' office to keep this from going to trial.
He also said he opposed any deal that doesn't include a formal letter of apology from Davis or jail time.
"He refuses to give an apology. He even gave an apology to the Pakistani families of the men he killed. He gave that apology under Sharia law. Now if it's good enough for Sharia law, isn't it good enough for Colorado law?" Klayman asked.
A conviction on the felony charge would carry a minimum 2 years in prison.
While working as a CIA contractor in Pakistan, Davis was detained by Pakistani authorities in January 2011 after he shot and killed two men he said tried to rob him. Pakistan released Davis that March after the men's families agreed to accept $2.34 million from the U.S. government.
Klayman provided a copy of a proposed plea agreement to The Associated Press. He also has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Maes and Maes' wife and two children, who witnessed the fight. The lawsuit claims Maes suffered a fractured vertebrae and other injuries.
"If we don't get a real letter of apology that includes contrition, our position is that he should do jail time," Klayman said.
Davis' attorney, William Frankfurt, disputes the claim that Maes suffered a fracture. He said Maes may have injured himself by allegedly trying to tackle Davis during the altercation.
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