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Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News
David Ragsdale looks over at his attorney, Greg Skordas, as they stand before 4th District Judge Claudia Laycock during Ragsdale's first hearing today.

PROVO — Prosecutors filed a charge of aggravated murder this morning against David Lester Ragsdale, the man who allegedly gunned down his wife in an LDS parking lot in Lehi.

Ragsdale appeared in 4th District Court wearing a blue jail jumpsuit with shackled hands and feet, occasionally glancing at family members on the front row.

Ragsdale was charged with aggravated murder — a felony that could potentially mean the death penalty — as well as two third-degree charges of commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child.

Prosecutors said that on Jan. 6, when Ragsdale allegedly fired five shots into the back and head of his wife, Kristy Ragsdale, then four bullets into her body once she fell, he created a significant risk of danger for other people.

"There were seven or eight other people in the parking lot, four of which we believe were close enough to be under great risk of death," said prosecutor Dave Sturgill.

Defense attorney Greg Skordas said he wasn't expecting that exact charge.

"We're a little surprised that the state decided to bring an aggravated murder charge, not just murder," Skordas said.

He said he's waiting to get all the evidence from the state, and will review the information they have that leads them to believe an aggravated murder charge is warranted.

Kristy Ragsdale and her mother had just arrived at the parking lot of a Lehi LDS chapel at 1631 E. 900 North and were walking into church.

David Ragsdale was also parked there and when his wife arrived, he got out of the car and walked toward her, allegedly shooting her without saying a word.

He quickly left and went to his brother's house, where he was persuaded to turn himself into police.

Both the Utah County Attorney's Office and Skordas agreed to the charging delay, which meant Ragsdale waited in jail without bail for three weeks before being charged. He currently has no bail, but that may be addressed at a future hearing.

Ragsdale will be in court again Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m.


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