Trial starts in shooting death

January 30, 2013

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The trial for the first of three defendants charged with murder in the Jan. 17, 2012, shooting death of 63-year-old Rolling Hills Shores resident Gene Sabin was scheduled to begin yesterday.

Jury selection began on Monday for Justin Wade Ragan, 24, of the 3500 block of Contrary Creek Road south of Granbury.

The other two accused in connection with the shooting are 24-year-old Kimberly Danielle Milwicz, listed with an address in Granada, Calif., and Gordon Ray Lewis, 36, of the 3700 block of Oak Meadow Street in the Oak Trail Shores subdivision northwest of Granbury. The three will be tried separately. Each pleaded not guilty, and remain in custody.

Ragan and Lewis are charged with capital murder, and have bond set at $1 million each on that count. The capital murder indictment alleges that the death occurred during the act of committing a felony “in the course of committing or attempting to commit the offense of robbery of Ormond Gene Sabin.”

A conviction on the capital murder charge would mean an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.

Milwicz is not charged with capital murder. Her count is murder, and has a $50,000 bond. If found guilty, Milwicz could be sentenced from 5 to 99 years in prison.

One of Sabin’s employees found him inside the business he owned, T.J.’s Private Club and Cafe near the entrance to Oak Trail Shores, with a single gunshot wound, investigators said.

Ragan was arrested on the same day as Sabin’s death, in Meridian. Milwicz was taken into custody in New Mexico, and later transported to Hood County.

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