N.Ky. Woman who allegedly shot, killed boyfriend denied bond decrease, called a danger to community

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - The woman accused of murdering her boyfriend was denied a bond decrease during a court appearance Friday morning.

Police say Shayna Hubers, 21, fired fatal shots at her boyfriend Ryan Poston, 29, Friday evening at his apartment on Meadow Lane in Highland Heights.

Hubers appeared in front of Judge Karen Thomas and Hubers' attorney, Wil Zeverly, asked to have her bond amount lowered from $5 million on the argument that the bond amount was too high and Hubers' family couldn't afford it. Judge Thomas denied the request, calling Hubers a danger to the community.

Hubers' bond amount was increased to $5 million early Wednesday morning — a move that came after a visiting judge lowered her bond from $2 million to $1 million during a court hearing Tuesday. The judge who reduced the bond was visiting judge David Hayse from Lexington, Ky.

Zeverly also requested that Hubers be put on home electronic monitoring instead of being held in jail, but was also denied by Judge Thomas, citing that Hubers could be a flight risk, or a risk to run from the area.

The judge denied to further discuss the case during the Friday morning hearing, and instead told Hubers and her attorney to return after 3:30 p.m. when another bond hearing would end to discuss Hubers' case further, but that meeting was canceled after a bond agreement was reached. Judge Thomas would not release the details of the agreement until after 3 p.m.

9 News will post any new information that comes from the bond agreement Friday afternoon as soon as it is available.

Hubers told police who responded to the scene on Friday that she killed Poston in self defense. Hubers shot Poston and then waited 15 minutes before calling authorities, according to a police report.

Hubers stopped police while they were questioning her following her arrest to tell them she shot Poston in the face and then shot him again to put him out of his misery, according to the police report of the incident.

Neighbor Nikki Carnes, who knew Hubers pretty well said she had concerns about their relationship. Carnes said she talked with Hubers about the relationship problems she was having with Poston. She said Hubers and Poston had an on-and-off relationship for three to four years.

"She introduced herself to me and was super sweet. We went to the pool a couple of times together and hung out," Carnes said. "I basically told her 'you need to get out of the situation before something bad happened.'"

Another neighbor to Hubers, Doris West, said she heard Hubers crying from the deck above theirs around 8:30 p.m. Friday. A half hour later, things got worse.

"We heard the two shots, two or three more, and we heard someone fall to the floor, fall down," West said.

Patrick Crowley of Strategic Advisers, LLC released the following statement from the Poston family Wednesday morning.

Please keep in mind that the real victim in this tragedy is Ryan Poston, not the woman who shot him multiple times. Anyone who ever knew Ryan knows her claims of self-defense are absurd. We look forward to the day when the truth comes out in a court of law, not from the mouth of a criminal defense lawyer trying his case in the media.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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