University of Kentucky football player’s murder captures national attention
NBC’s airing of a “Dateline” episode about the murder of former University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro will now occur Friday, March 22.
The episode was initially scheduled to run last week but NBC pulled it for breaking news. Friday’s episode will air at 10 p.m.
DiGiuro, an offensive lineman for UK, was fatally shot by a sniper in 1994 while celebrating his upcoming 21st birthday.
After six years without an arrest in the case, Shane Ragland was apprehended in 2000 after his ex-girlfriend told police that he committed the murder. Ragland allegedly held a grudge over being blackballed from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. DiGiuro was friends with some from the fraternity.
Ragland was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2002 for the murder of DiGiuro, but the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 2006 when it discovered an FBI agent lied during a pretrial conference and other issues.
He later pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter. He was released from jail later in 2006 after he was given credit for previous time served.
DiGiuro’s family sued Ragland, and in 2008, the family was awarded $63.3 million, including $3.3 million in lost wages. It was the largest amount awarded in Fayette County and the second-largest ever in Kentucky.
According to news reports, Ragland sustained a spinal cord injury in a 2012 traffic accident and has used a wheelchair since.