Twelve testify on first day in capital murder trial

Twelve people testified Tuesday in 355th Judicial District Court on the first day of the capital murder trial of Justin Wade Ragan, 24, of Granbury, who is facing a capital murder charge in connection with the January 2012 shooting death of Gene Sabin at T.J.’s Private Club and Cafe. Those who took the stand included two of Sabin’s former employees, including the woman who called 911 and reported finding his body. The chief medical examiner from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office who performed the autopsy, Nizam Peerwani, testified that a single gunshot wound from a 9mm firearm that killed Sabin severed his juglar vein and was fired from a distance of no less than 3-1/2 to 4 feet away. Both Ragan and Gordon Ray Lewis, 36, of the Oak Trail Shores subdivision, are charged with capital murder. Kimberly Danielle Milwicz, 24, another former employee of Sabin, is facing a murder count. The three will be tried separately. Ragan’s trial is set to resume at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.