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Ansley preliminary hearing wraps up

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Although the four-day preliminary hearing for Torrance County manager Joy Ansley and contractor Christopher Valdez wrapped up today, the judge did not issue a ruling on whether there’s probable cause to bring the case to trial.

Ansley is accused of misappropriating $470,175 of public funds through change orders and improperly granted projects to Valdez over a period of a year and a half.

At the request of Michael Alarid, Ansley’s lawyer, Judge Kenneth Martinez allowed each side two weeks to prepare written closing statements rather than presenting their arguments following the close of testimony.

Witnesses for the defense testified today as to the quality of work Valdez completed and the process by which Ansley paid him. Torrance County attorney Dennis Wallin said there was nothing unusual about numerous change orders or paying a contractor before work is completed.

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