Shane Ragland Trial

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

The murder of former Kentucky football player Trent Digiuro in 1994 was in the news all over the state.

Digiuro was murdered while celebrating his 21st birthday on the front porch of his home near the University of Kentucky campus. The crime went unsolved for six years until Shane Ragland's former girlfriend told police in January of 2000 that Ragland had confessed to killing Digiuro.

Ragland was found guilty during a trial in 2002, but that sentence was overturned.

"The Supreme Court of Kentucky reversed the case very pointedly on the fact that an FBI agent lied on the stands and was convicted of perjury," defense attorney David Broderick said.

Bowling Green attorney David Broderick took over Ragland's case just two months ago when Ragland was released on a $1 million bond and decided to find new representation.

"Shane and his family contacted me and I met with them and agreed to represent them when we go back to trial," Broderick said.

Another trial will now be held for Ragland and Broderick is asking for a change of venue. He says he wants the case moved out of Fayette County.

Broderick says in his experience with past cases, such as the Lucas Goodrum trial involving the death of WKU student Katie Autry, he has found polling the public to be effective.

Just as in the Goodrum case where he says a large number of people believed Goodrum was guilty due to preconceived notions the same seems to be the case in the Shane Ragland trial.

"We've already preliminarily done some scientific research on it and it appears that there's a preconceived notion because of publicity and the notoriety so to speak of this case. People don't think my client innocent. They think he's guilty, so we need to get somewhere else where there's not been the saturation of media," Broderick said.

Broderick's next step in this case will be getting the motion for a change of venue filed by mid September and getting ready for Ragland's hearing on Nov. 30, 2006.

Broderick says if the change of venue is granted it wouldn't surprise him if the case ended up in Owensboro, Louisville or Paducah. He says he isn't sure yet whether or not Shane Ragland will testify in this trial.

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