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Ragin found guilty of murdering wife, three stepchildren

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Mar 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-27 23:20:26-04

NewsChannel 3 is keeping you updated on the John Ragin Trial as it unfolds. NewsChannel 3's Investigator Jessica Larche has been the only television reporter there for every day of testimony for this capital murder trial.

Ragin is accused of stabbing to death his wife Crystal Ragin and her three children before pouring gasoline on their bodies and setting their home on fire in August 2011. Police said Ragin escaped to South Carolina with the son he shared with his wife.

According to court documents obtained by NewsChannel 3 over the last few years, Crystal Ragin begged a judge to protect her from her husband before the murders. More than than 24 hours after a judge signed off on a protective order, a Newport News sheriff’s deputy finally tried to serve John Ragin, but instead of finding him, the deputy walked into the crime scene.

Ragin has maintained his innocence.

The trial is expected to last at least a month.

Check below for updates on each day of this trial. 

Previous Coverage: 

Ragin Murder Trial: Maintenance worker recalls seeing body of slain 6-year-old boy

Images show accused killer’s appearance after gruesome quadruple murder

Murdered mother made 911 call day before gruesome discovery

Man accused of killing 3 stepchildren and wife cries in court

Capital murder trial for man accused of killing wife, three stepchildren

Man accused of murdering wife and three stepchildren on trial