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The murder case of Trent DiGiuro, the University of Kentucky football player who was shot and killed on the porch of a Lexington home in 1994, will be the focus on a future edition of NBC’s “Dateline.” The original air date was set for Friday, March 15, but an NBC representative said the episode will be rescheduled to a later date, which has not yet been determined.
DiGiuro, who was three days shy of turning 21 when he died, was killed with a sniper’s rifle. At first, prosecutors were baffled, unable to find a plausible suspect.
Some six years later, however, a neighbor came forward and claimed Shane Ragland had confessed the shooting to her. The neighbor was Aimee Lloyd, who had been Ragland’s girlfriend at the time of the shooting.
Ragland was ultimately sentenced to 30 years in prison for the crime, but a judge later threw the conviction out when the Kentucky Supreme Court found evidence an FBI witness lied during testimony. Ragland was released in 2006. He was later involved in an automobile accident, suffering injuries that left him unable to walk.
In 2008, DiGiuro’s family sued Ragland and won, being awarded more than $60 million in damages.
Host Keith Morrison will interview DiGiuro’s college friends, his father Mike DiGiuro, district attorney Anna Red Corn, detective Don Evans and others during the segment.
The teaser for the episode, which is titled “The Motive,” reads: “A young woman finds out that her boyfriend might have shot and killed a college football player out of revenge. She struggles with coming forward to officials, fearing she could lose her life.”
A video trailer further teases the episode from Lloyd’s point of view, suggesting the segment will focus on the doubt that crept into her mind as time passed after the shooting and she further got to know Ragland.
The narrative sets up Lloyd’s decision to come forward, motivated by guilt and “shadows that haunted her nightmare,” teasing with, “and that’s when the whole story took a turn into the Twilight Zone.”
A date for “The Motive” has not yet been set, but Insider will keep you updated.