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11/04/03 - Tyler

Maldonado Trial Opens

Opening arguments began Tuesday morning in the trial of a man accused of hitting a Smith County Deputy with his car.

Cleofus Maldonado was arrested last May following a high speed chase through two counties. The chase ended when Maldonado came upon an unrelated accident. Prosecutors say that's when he rammed his truck into Deputy James Riggle. Riggle suffered serious injuries, has undergone numerous surgeries, and is still unable to walk normally.

In court Tuesday morning, Maldonado plead not guilty to the charge of Assault on a Peace Officer with a Deadly Weapon.

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