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Homicide of Trent DiGiuro to be featured on ‘Dateline’ Friday

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By Amanda Manning

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that Dateline is now airing the Trent DiGiuro case on Friday, March 22. It was rescheduled from Friday, March 15. 

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NBC’s “Dateline” will revisit the 1994 murder of Trent DiGiuro, a Goshen native and University of Kentucky football player, this Friday night, according to his father Mike DiGiuro.

Trent DiGiuro was shot and killed on his front porch three days shy of his 21st birthday in Lexington 25 years ago. 

His family hopes the national attention from the investigative news series will help benefit The Trent DiGiuro Foundation, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to senior student-athletes in Oldham County. The foundation also provides scholarships to walk on University of Kentucky football players “who exemplifies Trent’s determination and tenacity,” according to its website. 

Trent excelled academically and on the football field at both South Oldham High School and the University of Kentucky, The Oldham Era previously reported. 

Mike DiGiuro said this is likely his family’s last interview about the case. “We sort of decided we weren’t going to do any more, but Dateline is much bigger and much wider spread than any of the other programs,” he explained. 

He estimates that this is the eighth television program to cover his son’s story.

The show “Dying to Belong” on Oxygen recently aired Trent DiGiuro’s story in September 2018. Mike DiGiuro and his family were not interviewed for that segment. 

They hope by telling Trent's story they'll be able to benefit more students locally. Beginning this year, the foundation will begin awarding renewable scholarships to Oldham County students.

“Maybe the foundation will benefit from it and in turn, some kids from Oldham County will get some scholarships out of this that we couldn’t afford before,” Mike DiGiuro said.

Trent's murder remained a mystery for five years until the ex-girlfriend of the killer came forward and told police it was Shane Ragland, who is from a prominent family. Ragland was convicted of murder in 2002 and sentenced to 30 years, but the Kentucky Supreme Court later overturned the verdict. 

In 2007, Ragland pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter. He was given credit for time served and set free that year.

Mike DiGiuro said the episode includes interviews with him, Trent’s friends, prosecutors, detectives and others. 

“It’s sad to go through it again,” Mike DiGiuro said. 

To donate to The Trent DiGiuro Foundation, click here.

The episode will air on Friday March 22 at 10 p.m. on NBC. 

Editor’s note: Mike DiGiuro is a columnist for the Oldham Era.