Ragan, Milwicz plead not guilty

May 9, 2012

Justin Wade Ragan, a 23-year-old Hood County man, is facing a capital murder charge in the Jan. 17 shooting death of Gene Sabin at T.J.’s Private Club and Cafe, but will not be facing the death penalty.

Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian made that statement on Monday. He did not elaborate. If convicted, Ragan would be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The other suspect, Kimberly Danielle Milwicz, 23, of Granada, Calif., is also charged in Sabin’s murder, but not as a capital offense. If convicted, her range of punishment would be 5-99 years or life, according to her court-appointed attorney G. Alan Steele.

The two suspects indicted last month in Sabin’s murder have each entered a plea of not guilty.

The arraignment date for both suspects was originally set for yesterday, May 8. Christian said he expects they will be tried separately, possibly sometime late this year.

“We filed a waiver of arraignment, which is equivalent to a plea of not guilty,” Steele said.

“It saves us all the time and expense of getting everybody down there,” said Ragan’s attorney Cole Bryan, whose main office is in Fort Worth but also works out of Granbury.

Sheriff Roger Deeds stated previously that during the investigation of the Sabin case, Ragan confessed to pulling the trigger. Deeds also said that a robbery was committed during the incident, qualifying Ragan for the capital murder charge.

Ragan was arrested in Bosque County, later on the same day of the murder. Milwicz was arrested on Jan. 19 in New Mexico and transported later that month to Hood County from a detention center in Las Cruces.

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