Fifteen years since UK football player gunned down

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

"It was just a shot out of the dark," says Lexington Police Officer Don Evans, as he describes how Trent DiGuiro was killed 15 years ago.

The UK Football player was gunned down while sitting on his favorite recliner on his front porch on Woodland Avenue.

"It's hard to imagine it's been 15 years," says Mike DiGuiro, Trent's father.

The case remained unsolved for six years as investigators tried to determine who would want to kill DiGuiro on July 17th 1994. He was celebrating his 21st birthday.

"You had to start somewhere," says Evans, who was the lead investigator on the case. "No one said anything bad about him."

Tt wasn't until 2000, investigators got their break. An anonymous tipster, identified as Aimee Lloyd, came forward, naming her ex-boyfriend Shane Ragland as the killer.

"An absolute buffoon held a grudge for 3 or 4 years because he got blackballed from a fraternity," says Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson.

Lloyd finally agreed to help investigators record a series of conversations with the suspect.

After Ragland was arrested, Lloyd took the stand, helping a jury convict Ragland of murder, sentencing him to 30 years. But after numerous appeals, Ragland's conviction was overturned.

"I'm not happy with it," says Larson. "I don't think anyone was particularly happy with it."

Ragland eventually took a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter. With time served, Ragland became a free man.

"This guy assassinated Trent DiGuiro, that's it," says Larson. "He's a convicted killed. He can't get away from that."


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