Murder Investigation

Oct 17, 2012 6:10 AM

Questions Surround Young Lawyer's Death

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS (AP) - The fatal shooting of a young lawyer in northern Kentucky is drawing more questions than answers days after his death.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports 29-year-old Ryan Poston was found dead in his dining room last Friday night, according to a police report. His girlfriend, 21-year-old Shayna Hubers, is charged with murder.

Police and prosecutors refuse to discuss the case. Hubers' attorney, Wil Zevely, said she acted in self-defense, a claim Poston's family calls "absurd."

Poston's friends and colleagues describe his relationship with Hubers as "tumultuous" and "off-and-on."

"I'm not going to talk about the facts of the case, except to say that it is a self-defense case. The only thing she did wrong was having bad taste in men," Zevely said. "... She is a very young and kind person. She would never do anything violent; never has, never would."

The Poston family released a statement that said he had been trying to end the relationship.

"Please keep in mind that the real victim in this tragedy is Ryan Poston, not the woman who shot him multiple times," his family said in a statement Tuesday. "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 had opened his own practice in May in downtown Cincinnati. His practice focused on personal injury cases.

"He had a strong feeling of wanting to help people who wouldn't otherwise have access to the legal system and who might be steamrolled by the legal system without someone there to help them," said attorney Kenneth G. Hawley, who worked across the hall from Poston.

Poston graduated from Indiana University in 2005 with a triple major in political science, history and geography.

One of his friends, Matthew Herren, said he wouldn't have been surprised if Poston had run for Congress at a young age.

"He was smart," Herren said. "People listened to him - when he talked about anything. He could speak intelligently on anything."

Poston graduated from Northern Kentucky University's law school in 2008.

Hubers graduated from Lexington's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in 2009, the newspaper reported. In the fall of 2010, she made the Dean's List at the University of Kentucky, where she was listed as a sophomore pursuing a degree in psychology.


Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer

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