“It’s murder,” Justin Wade Ragan stated on a DVD recording of an interview with investigators that was played for the 10-man, two-woman jury in 355th Judicial District Court in reference to the Jan. 17, 2012 shooting death of Gene Sabin.
The jury in Ragan’s trial needed just 2-1/2 hours on Thursday afternoon to decide that what happened early that morning at T.J.’s Private Club and Cafe was something else – capital murder. The verdict brought Ragan an automatic sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole for killing the popular 63-year-old former Army soldier and Rolling Hills Shores resident who ran the bar, near Oak Trail Shores (OTS) northwest of Granbury.
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