Ragland's Request For More Freedom Denied

One of Lexington's longest running and most high profile murder cases headed back to court this morning.

Shane Ragland's new attorneys were asking for his bond conditions to be changed, but the judge denied all requests.

Currently, he is monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet and cannot be more than 200 feet from his father's Frankfort home. Ragland's attorneys were asking for him to be able to travel and do things like get a haircut.

One year ago Thursday, Ragland walked out of the Fayette County Detention Center after his father posted a one million dollar bond.

Ragland was convicted in 2002 for the shooting death of Trent Digiuro back in 1994.

The State Supreme Court later ordered a new trial for Ragland. The ruling was based on inadmissible evidence concerning a bullet.

Ragland is due back in court August 3rd, for a hearing to discuss the evidence being presented in the case. It is expected that his lawyers will re-introduce the same motion to loosen bond restrictions that was denied this morning.

Associated Press Story
udge leaves Ragland restrictions in place

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A ruling by Judge Thomas Clark today leaves bond restrictions for murder suspect Shane Ragland in place.

Ragland is the defendant in the sniper-style shooting death 13 years ago of University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro. Ragland is awaiting a second trial on charges that he committed the crime while DiGiuro was celebrating his 21st birthday in 1994.

The now 34-year-old Ragland was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to 30 years in prison, but the Kentucky Supreme Court ordered a new trial based on inadmissible evidence concerning a bullet.

After his father posted a one (m) million dollar bond in July, last year, Ragland was allowed to stay at the family residence in Lexington as long as he wore an electronic device that would ensure he did not venture more than 200 feet from the house.

Court records show Ragland's attorney also requested today that Ragland be allowed to get a new driver's license because he lost his license due to a conviction for driving under the influence.

A motion for an independent examination of firearms and bullets was approved without objection from the prosecution, but with the stipulation that police officials be present to guarantee there would be no damage to the evidence.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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