Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Sex Trial Ruling Delayed.(Journal North)

Byline: John Arnold For the Journal

Suspended Judge Faces 28 Charges

Opening statements in the case of an Espanola judge accused of trading judicial favors for sex are set to begin today.

But prosecutors don't know yet whether the jury will be allowed to hear details and evidence surrounding the disturbing death of the woman who helped build the state's case.

Suspended Municipal Judge Charles Maestas faces 28 criminal charges, ranging from extortion to criminal sexual penetration.

His accusers are female defendants who appeared in his court.

The attorney general's lead investigator in the case, Karen Yontz, was shot and killed by Albuquerque police May 2 after she allegedly robbed a bank. …

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