Ragland's Request For More Freedom Denied

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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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  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2007 at 05:11 AM
    way to go system.
  • by concerned on Jul 16, 2007 at 12:30 PM
    If there is evidence that proves he didn't do it I am sure everyone would say I am sorry and go on about our business but if this is just a ploy which probably is then Shane just do your time and quit whinning your a suppose to be a grown man... As far as Daddy's money if it had been proven that Shane did the shooting and they could have proved that he received the gun, ammo, or means to get to Trent to shoot him then he could have been found liable for monetary purposes why didn't Trent's family file a lawsuit and get part of Daddy's money and then he wouldn't have it to buy his son's way out of jail!
  • by Mary Location: Lexington on Jul 15, 2007 at 03:25 PM
    I just hope the judicial system doesn't listen to a murderer but instead listens to the public who is being slaughtered by having this "trial" go on forever and ever. Put Ragland behind bars to finish his life. Then us taxpayers can pay for something else that is needed.(Yeah, we gotta be paying for some of it)
  • by Lynn Location: London on Jul 14, 2007 at 11:15 AM
    Ragland was convicted, he just has a rich dad to buy him a new trial. There was no one else who had motive or the ability to make the shot that killed Trent. The court proved Ragland is an excellent marksman. Also if his father had let him pay the dues for all the traffic violations he had incurred maybe Trent would still be alive today. You can guarantee if his father wasn't rich or has the connections he does that Ragland would still be in prison.
  • by Confused Location: Monticello on Jul 14, 2007 at 05:47 AM
    With all the Ragland money, I'm sure they could pay well for a barber to go to the house to cut Shane's hair. Any barbers out there interested? Sounds pretty silly to me!
  • by louis Location: panama city fl on Jul 13, 2007 at 06:04 PM
    you would think the whole ragland family would be embarrassed for even asking for all the additional freedom, but i guess like family like son.
  • by Edna Location: Williamsburg on Jul 13, 2007 at 04:27 PM
    He needs to stay in jail for the crime he committed. Daddy's money should not be accepted as compensation for what he did.
  • by Barbara Location: Lexington on Jul 13, 2007 at 01:14 PM
    Why on earth would he need a driver's license? Surely he can walk 200 feet.
  • by Dennis on Jul 13, 2007 at 12:57 PM
    Remember. The court of appeals ordered a new trial; in other words Ragland hasn't been convicted of anything. He is on bail pending his upcoming trial.
  • by Angie Location: Richmond on Jul 13, 2007 at 11:47 AM
    I don't understand...someone can kill somebody and NOT be kept in jail!! I guess that is what having money and NO morals will do for you. I know-he's not been proven guilty-but if he wasn't guilty-why do they keep jumping through hurdles? I'm sure the Ragland family is paying the attorney very good, but some of his request are making him look stupid!! A license? Why does he need a license? I'm sure Trent's family would like for their son to be able to get a haircut or to have to get his license, but unfortunately-he can't. The court system needs to get a back bone and start punishing killers, not letting them out of jail with an ankle bracelet!!
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