Accused murderer’s lawyers say bloody evidence should be thrown out

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jun 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-04 19:08:38-04

Bloody evidence should be thrown out – that’s what John Ragin’s lawyers are arguing, according to our partners at The Daily Press.

Ragin is accused of stabbing his wife Crystal to death, along with three children.

Now his lawyers want some of the evidence thrown out.

His lawyers are arguing a pair of blood-stained shoes may not have been handled properly when they were collected by Newport News Police.

The bodies of Crystal, an Army sergeant stationed at Fort Eustis, and her three children, were found in their apartment on Old Courthouse Way in August of 2011.

Officials say John Ragin stabbed the four and then set the home on fire.

Ragin was found at his parent’s South Carolina home with the son he and Crystal had together.

That home is where Newport News Police found the shoes, according to The Daily Press.

Ragin’s lawyers are questioning if police were within their rights to search the room where the shoes were found.

Ragin is charged with capital murder, first-degree murder, unlawful stabbing in the commission of a felony and arson.

Another hearing is scheduled for July.