PROVO Prosecutors have been given approval by a judge to subpoena the cell phone records of Kristy Ragsdale, the woman who was fatally shot Jan. 6 in an LDS church parking lot.
Police say her husband, David Ragsdale, was the gunman.
"I believe that relevant and material evidence related to the criminal investigation of Kristy Ragsdale's murder can be gleaned from the Verizon Wireless accounts belonging to both David and Kristy Ragsdale," wrote Lehi police detective Mark Birch in an affidavit filed in support of an investigative subpoena.
A court order signed in late January by a 4th District judge approves that subpoena, giving the Utah County Attorney's Office the authority to "compel testimony ... and the production of records, papers and documents as deemed necessary," according to the order.
David Ragsdale remains in the Utah County Jail, facing an aggravated murder charge. He will be in court again today to find out when the court will hold a preliminary hearing for his case.
The judge's ruling also orders that Verizon Wireless reset or change Kristy Ragsdale's voice-mail password to allow investigators to access her seven unheard voice-mail messages, according to the court documents.
It's a standard procedure in criminal cases and nothing surprising, said David Ragsdale's attorney, Greg Skordas.
"We won't object or stand in the way of any of that," he said. He added that the Ragsdale family has been cooperative with law enforcement during the investigation.
In his affidavit, Birch said he interviewed the Ragsdales' LDS bishop, who told him that while he met with Kristy earlier that Sunday, he heard her cell phone ring.
She didn't answer it but told him it was David calling about the kids, according to the affidavit.
When officers recovered Kristy Ragsdale's phone after her death, they discovered that she had received two calls from David Ragsdale's cell phone at approximately 10:26 a.m. and 10:53 a.m., and that she had seven new voice messages.
Investigators also learned that in the nearly 40 minutes between the time David Ragsdale left the parking lot, around 11:10 a.m., to the time he turned himself in to police, minutes before noon, he called, or tried to call, eight different people, according to the affidavit.
In the affidavit, Birch also talked about his numerous interviews with eyewitnesses who said they saw David Ragsdale get out of his car in the church parking lot and shoot Kristy several times at close range, then again as she was on the ground, according to the affidavit.Witnesses then said they watched David get back in his car, a dark-colored BMW, and drive away.
Contributing: Catherine Smith E-mail: [email protected]
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