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Wednesday
Oct052011

Judge to CIA Contractor: No Gunslinging in Colorado

Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor who sparked a months-long international drama when he shot and killed two men in broad daylight on the streets of Pakistan in January, appeared in a Denver court Tuesday after being charged with a felony for his part in a skirmish in a bagel shop parking lot.

Rob McCallum, a spokesman for the court who attended the hearing, told ABC News Davis was calm as he was read the charges against him, including second degree assault -- a felony that carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in prison.  He was taken into custody after the hearing and a Colorado judge set bond at $10,000.

During a discussion of one provision of the assault charge -- specifically one that would at least temporarily strip Davis of his personal firearm -- an attorney for Davis revealed that after his troubled experience working for the CIA in Pakistan, Davis has become a firearms instructor often working in the Washington, D.C., area.  The judge ruled that Davis would be allowed to use his firearm, but not in Colorado and only under supervision in the D.C. area, McCallum said.

Davis has not pleaded in the case and is not expected back in court until a preliminary hearing in December.  An attorney for Davis, William Frankfurt, did not respond to requests for comment for this report.

Davis has already been the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for the deadly Pakistan shooting -- part of a promise Sen. John Kerry made to Pakistani officials in an effort to secure Davis' release from Pakistani prison in February.  But a spokesperson for the DOJ refused to answer any of ABC News' questions Monday on the status of that investigation, seven months after Davis came home.

According to police, Davis, 37, and another man who identified himself as Jeff Maes, got into a verbal then physical altercation over a parking spot in front of a Denver bagel shop over the weekend.

"He literally parked his car behind me and started shouting at me and I said, 'You need to relax.'  And he got out of the car," Maes told ABC News' Denver affiliate 7News.  "When I got hit, I went back, I hit my back straight on the concrete and then, I don't know, I must've got up.  I looked, he's standing there and I got up to defend myself and started again."

Maes said his two daughters, six and eight years old, cried after witnessing the fight.

Police arrested Davis and initially charged him with a pair of misdemeanors, noting that he was "the aggressor" in the fight.  He was released on $1,750 bond, but Monday a Colorado district attorney announced Davis was to be charged with second degree assault.  He is also charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, the DA's office said.

For a man whose job was to stay in the shadows, Davis found himself at the center of international spotlight for weeks after he was arrested in Pakistan Jan. 27 following the fatal shooting of two men on the streets of Lahore, Pakistan.

Davis was charged with the double murder and quickly questions emerged about who he was and for whom he worked.  The official U.S. government line -- even reaching as high as President Obama -- was that Davis was just a "diplomat" who believed he was being robbed and should have been released due to diplomatic immunity.

But nearly a month after his arrest, U.S. officials told ABC News Davis was actually an independent contractor working for the CIA in Pakistan.

As high-level negotiations strained and the already rocky relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan worsened, the U.S. found an unusual way out of the diplomatic rift in March: the payment of "blood money" to the victims of the crime in exchange for Davis' release -- a somewhat common practice sanctioned by Pakistani law.

Both the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, whose officers arrested Davis, and the district attorney's office, which charged him with the felony, told ABC News that Davis' notoriety or government connections would not impact the proceedings against him.

"It doesn't matter who you are, you're all treated the same," Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Sgt. Ron Hanavan said.

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Tuesday
Oct042011

CIA Contractor Charged with Felony in Colorado Parking Lot Fight

Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo.) -- Many in Pakistan feel that Raymond Davis got away with murder last January when the CIA contractor shot dead two men in Lahore he claimed were trying to rob him.

Davis, who was freed last March after $2.3 million in compensation was made to the victims' families, is now facing a felony assault charge in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

The 37-year-old was formally charged Monday with getting into a fight with another man over a parking space at a local bagel shop last Saturday.

Jeffrey Maes claims that Davis hauled off on him and kept punching him after he got off the pavement.  Police said that other people in the parking lot broke up the fight.

Davis initially faced misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct before posting $1,750.  The charge was then upgraded to second-degree assault.

If found guilty, Davis could be sentenced to five years in prison.

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Monday
Oct032011

CIA Contractor Once Arrested in Pakistan Busted in Colorado

Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo.) -- Police in Colorado arrested a CIA contractor Saturday morning who was held by the Pakistani government earlier this year for shooting two men to death who the American claimed attempted to rob him.

According to Douglas County deputies, Raymond Davis got into an physical altercation with Jeffrey Maes over a parking spot at a bagel shop.  By the time police responded to the call, onlookers had broken up the fight.

Davis was then arrested and charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct before being released after posting $1,750.  The other man, who received minor injuries, refused treatment at the scene and was released.

It was in late January 2011 that Davis was taken into custody after he said that he killed two men in self-defense while walking in Lahore, Pakistan.

While the State Department asserted that Davis was protected by diplomatic immunity, Pakistani authorities were under pressure to prosecute Davis because of widespread anti-American sentiment in the country.

After Davis' cover was blown by a British newspaper, the U.S. admitted that the 36-year-old former Special Forces officer was on a covert mission to collect intelligence on Islamic militant groups.

His release on March 16 came after family members of the victims reportedly received $2.3 million in compensation.

Asked about that by reporters, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at the time, "The United States did not pay any compensation."  Clinton then said all inquiries should be made to the families and the Pakistani government.

A "blood money" agreement is part of Islamic law in Pakistan.  At Davis' hearing, 19 relatives of the two slain men said they would pardon Davis and that they had received compensation.

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