Bond amount increased for N.Ky. woman accused of killing boyfriend
Bond amount $5M after previously set at $1M
Candace Gamel , Jay Warren, Jay.Warren@wcpo.com
6:15 AM, Oct 17, 2012
7:21 PM, Oct 17, 2012
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - A Northern Kentucky woman accused of killing her boyfriend over the weekend is facing a higher bond amount Wednesday morning after it was just decreased the day before.
Shayna Hubers, 21, allegedly fired fatal shots at her boyfriend 29-year-old Ryan Poston Friday evening at his apartment on Meadow Lane in Highland Heights. Hubers' bond amount was increased to $5 million early Wednesday morning — a move that came after a judge lowered her bond from $2 million to $1 million during a court hearing Tuesday.
Judge Karen Thomas changed the bond to $5 million late Tuesday. The judge who reduced the bond was visiting judge David Hayse from Lexington, KY.
Thomas' secretary told 9 News that there will be a bond hearing Friday morning where Thomas will disclose her rationale.
Hayse told 9 News that when Hubers was arrested an agent of the court set bond at $2 million. Hayse then lowered the amount at Hubers' arraignment.
"I looked at what was presented to me and decided $1 million was a fairly substantial bond," said Hayse.
Rachel Nugent an attorney assisting in Hubers' defense declined to comment about Thomas' decision.
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.
A motive for the crime has not been released and the incident remains under investigation.
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.
Poston's visitation is set 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Mitchell. The funeral will take place at 7 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Ryan Carter Poston Scholarship Fund at Blessed Sacrament School.
Hubers is scheduled to appear in court Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Stay with 9 News and WCPO.com for updates as they become available.