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Dateline Profiles the Trent DiGiuro Murder

NBC News via Mike DiGiuro

One of the greatest tragedies in the history of the Kentucky football program has been profiled by NBC’s Dateline.

Caught up in the March Madness mayhem, last month Dateline produced “The Motive.” The program detailed the 1994 murder of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro.

DiGiuro was killed on the front porch of his house near UK’s campus after celebrating his 21st birthday. Antonio O’Ferral, the Cats’ quarterback and DiGiuro’s roommate, shared his experience from the night of the crime with Dateline.

“You started to hear the chaos outside,” he recalled later. “The screaming, the yelling, the crying.”

The cloud of the tragedy hung over the program. For more than five years the investigation proved fruitless. Dateline describes exactly how a lead turned into a complicated fight in the court system that ultimately resulted in a conviction.

A story that captivated the Commonwealth for almost a decade, Dateline fills in all of the details I could not comprehend at a young age. You can watch the entire 40-minute program online or on the NBC app. If you don’t have the time to sit through the program, read all the details here.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Dateline Profiles the Trent DiGiuro Murder



  1. Bobbum Man
    8:10 pm April 20, 2019 Permalink

    5 years for murdering someone over nothing….



    • DelrayCat
      8:29 pm April 20, 2019 Permalink

      Ragland had a car wreck after getting parole and ended up a paraplegic. Poetic Justice I guess. His daddy was well-known in Frankfort and got the best lawyers money could buy.



    • Bobbum Man
      8:34 pm April 20, 2019 Permalink

      Sucks for him and all but doesn’t change the fact he murdered someone… parapalegic or not he should sit in jail for the majority of his life



    • Bobbum Man
      8:34 pm April 20, 2019 Permalink

      Figures that’s what it comes down to tho… pathetic



  2. ORANGE MAN
    9:41 pm April 20, 2019 Permalink

    The importance of football pales in comparison to what happened to this kid. But one thing I’ve never seen discussed is the way this affected the 1994 season. They had to be the worst major conference team n America that year, and I believe it was because of Trent’s murder. The TV program highlighted how the threat of another shooting followed the team for quite a while and made them uncertain about their safety at all times. Well, they were still able to rally around their fallen friend and beat Louisville in the season opener. Then The Old Ball Coach brought the Gators into town. Instead of showing a little respect for what they had been through, Spurrier took the opportunity to do the most bush league thing he ever did—he ran up the score on a team who just had a teammate murdered, to the tune of 73-7. Who does that? And in the senseless nature of that crushing defeat, all they experienced in rallying for the big win vs. U of L was flushed down the toilet, and replaced with the same sense of loss they felt for their friend, but worse. Because now they had tried to play for him, only to lose 73-7. Florida could have easily taken their foot off the gas with a 45 point lead, but Spurrier kept going for the jugular, like the true gentleman he is.Why would someone do them that way in that circumstance? Why would someone murder their terrific and inspirational friend at his own birthday party? It was like the entire team had PTSD then, and they staggered through the season like zombies, getting slapped around week after week.
    I know this is all water under the bridge, but what happened to Trent Digiuro, and then what Spurrier did, both pissed me off for a very long time. So, I finally got that off my chest. GO CATS!



  3. BobbyBlue
    12:28 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

    I haven’t forgotten what coach Superior did to us, and pulled against him on every game since whether at the Gayturd helm or at USC !



  4. katmandue2you
    1:49 am April 21, 2019 Permalink

    There’s something about living through history only to forget and then reliving a tragedy. It’s much like 911. We should never forget. Recalling the tragedy of Trents murder, the effect on this community at the time and the eventual spectacle that was Shane Ragland with his father trying to buy his son’s freedom and innocence. What a senseless loss and what ignorant senseless tragedy. This is the ultimate example on this Easter weekend of what the greatest man to ever walk the earth taught us…and that is that it takes a bigger man to turn the other cheek. Not bigger in stature mind you but bigger in manhood and human decency.



  5. satcheluk
    6:35 am April 23, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry he died, but he was a class A A-hole. Took a beer out of my hand and chugged it at the U Club, but had to have his o-line crew with him for tough guy support. When I saw he had been shot it didn’t surprise me. UK is a huge school and he is the only I person I remember seeing consistently in run ins with people acting as a bully and often drunk doing it.