--Shane Ragland Released from State Custody
WTVQ Channel 36
Jun 23, 15:56 PM EDT
The man convicted of the 1994 sniper-style killing of U.K. football player Trent DiGiuro is back in central Kentucky, ready for a new trial.
Last week the state Supreme Court upheld their earlier ruling that overturned Shane Ragland's 2002 murder conviction.
Ragland appeared before Judge Clark Friday morning... a little thinner and backed by a new defense team.
High profile Frankfort attorneys Guthrie True and William Johnson who defended Ragland in 2002 and handled his appeal are out. Bowling Green attorney David Broderick is in.
Shane Ragland's father would not say why he has hired a new team.
"You do anything you can for your children, everything. And that's it, that's what we're doing. period," says Jerry Ragland.
During Friday morning's hearing they set a date for next week to talk about bond.
The defense also said a motion is forthcoming asking to move this trial out of town.
Jerry Ragland said he wants this next trial to be "out of reach of U.K. and the media.'
Commonwealth attorney Ray Larson said in court they will be opposing the defense motion for bond. but other than that he isn't saying much about this new trial.
"At this point I'm not going to talk about this case anymore. Our goal is to try this case as quickly and expeditiously as we can. That's the plan. It doesn't do one bit of good to talk about it in public," Larson said.
Trent DiGiuro's family isn't talking either, but they are here, watching and waiting to see what will happen the second time around.
Shane Ragland's family is confident a second trial will be in their favor.
"He's been wronged and we want to make it right," Ragland said.--
As I've pointed out elsewhere in my blog, Shane Ragland deserves no bond. Is anyone else willing to bet that as soon as he gets out on bond, he'll run afoul of the law somehow? The kid is a menace, and Jerry Ragland's desire to "... do anything you can for your children, everything. And that's it, that's what we're doing" has only said to his son that he can do no wrong. Maybe Jerry needs to stop coddling his adult son, stop working to undo his every mistake, and let him be a MAN on his own without the influence a Frankfort power broker wields.
Again, I hope that this trial runs smoothly and fairly. I'd hate to see him get off on another technicality AGAIN.