The day before authorities found Crystal Ragin and three of her children stabbed to death inside their Newport News apartment, her sister Shelby says Crystal begged a judge to protect her from her husband John Ragin. A judge agreed to a protective order banning John from contacting Crystal.
But when a sheriff's deputy finally went to serve it a day later, it was too late.
Police say it was John who stabbed and burned his wife and three step children to death. It's a murder Crystal's family feels could have been prevented if the protective order had been served on time.
Tonight at 11, the run-in between Crystal and John that could have sent John to jail hours before the murders if the protective order had been served. NewsChannel 3’s Jessica Larche has the details.