From 2012: Motive unknown in shooting death of young lawyer

Shayna Hubers
Shayna Hubers

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — The fatal shooting of a young lawyer in Northern Kentucky is drawing more questions than answers days after his death.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports 29-year-old Ryan Poston was found dead in his dining room last Friday night, according to a police report. His girlfriend, 21-year-old Shayna Hubers of Lexington, is charged with murder.

No motive is known, and police and prosecutors refuse to discuss the case.

A not guilty plea was entered on Hubers' behalf Tuesday in Campbell County District Court. She appeared via video arraignment from the Campbell County jail.

According to court documents, Hubers called police Friday around 9 p.m. and said she shot her boyfriend in self defense.

She said "she knows he is dead, she shot him 15 minutes before calling," according to a uniform citation filed in district court.

When Highland Heights police interviewed her later, she said she shot Poston in the face. "Then he fell and started shaking and she shot him again," the citation said.

Poston's friends and colleagues describe his relationship with Hubers as "tumultuous" and "off-and-on."

The Poston family released a statement that said he had been trying to end the relationship.

Poston had opened his own practice in May in downtown Cincinnati. His practice focused on personal injury cases.

"He had a strong feeling of wanting to help people who wouldn't otherwise have access to the legal system and who might be steamrolled by the legal system without someone there to help them," said attorney Kenneth G. Hawley, who worked across the hall from Poston.

Poston graduated from Indiana University in 2005 with a triple major in political science, history and geography.

One of his friends, Matthew Herren, said he wouldn't have been surprised if Poston had run for Congress at a young age.

"He was smart," Herren said. "People listened to him — when he talked about anything. He could speak intelligently on anything."

Poston graduated from Northern Kentucky University's law school in 2008.

Hubers graduated from Lexington's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in 2009, the newspaper reported. In the fall of 2010, she made the Dean's List at the University of Kentucky, where she was listed as a sophomore pursuing a degree in psychology.

Hubers was scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing Oct. 25.