LEHI Two grieving families stood together Wednesday to publicly announce they hold no ill will toward David Ragsdale, who is accused of shooting his estranged wife to death in a Mormon church parking lot on Sunday.
The Ragsdale and Palizzi families, the families of David and Kristy Koreen Ragsdale, made the statement during a press conference at a Lehi church Wednesday afternoon.
"I don't think it is possible for our family to express the grief and sorrow we feel at this time for the tragedy that brought us here today," said family member John Ragsdale.
"Kristy was a wonderful mother, daughter, wife, sister and friend," he said. "Our family mourns her loss."
Both families said they intend to focus on David and Kristy's two sons, Brandon, 4, and Carter, 1. The two boys are with family members.
The families also hope they will be given space to grieve and ask their privacy be respected.
"We ask that the media and people everywhere leave judgment to the laws of the land, and that God be given the right to apply mercy as he sees fit," said Stacey Palizzi, Kristy Ragsdale's sister-in-law.
David Ragsdale remains in the Utah County Jail. Prosecutors are considering filing a capital murder charge against him.
Lehi police say David Ragsdale shot his wife 10 times after she got out of her vehicle Sunday on her way to church at at 1631 E. 900 North.
Police and prosecutors said Monday during a court hearing that David Ragsdale learned that Kristy Ragsdale had filed for separation on Thursday.David Ragsdale's next court hearing is Monday.
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