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Suspected shooter has not received monitoring device yet


ELYRIA — The Avon man facing aggravated murder and other charges for allegedly killing his roommate in October was supposed to be fitted with a GPS-tracking device when he was released from the Lorain County Jail earlier this week, but that never happened.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said Ryan Raider, 25, was released after county Common Pleas Judge James Burge reduced his bond from $500,000 to $200,000. But Will said it was unclear Tuesday exactly why Raider isn’t being electronically monitored.

Burge said Tuesday he was unaware that Raider didn’t have the GPS device, but believes that issue will be addressed Thursday. He said typically an inmate who is supposed to get a monitoring device is released before going to the county’s Adult Probation Department to get hooked up to the GPS system.

The timing of Raider’s release coupled with the holiday might have prevented that from taking place, the judge said.

Will said if that is the typical protocol, it might be worth looking into inmates being given GPS devices before they are released from the jail. He said he will look into the matter further later this week.

Burge said part of the conditions he set on Raider when he agreed to lower the bond was that Raider be on electronically monitored house arrest. He said Raider isn’t even supposed to go outside except for trips to his lawyer’s office and those conditions still apply even if the GPS system isn’t hooked up yet.

“Simply because you can’t be fit with a GPS monitor doesn’t mean the other conditions don’t apply, because they do,” Burge said.

Raider is accused of shooting his roommate, 29-year-old Brandon Smith, on Oct. 12 inside the Avon apartment they shared following a night of drinking.

Police have said that Smith was shot while he was in bed with his girlfriend, Emily Markel, who told officers Raider came into the room with a gun. The weapon discharged, and Smith was shot in the head.

Raider has confessed to the shooting, saying it was accidental and the gun went off when he dropped it and tried to catch it.

He was originally charged with reckless homicide because police initially believed the shooting was accidental, but a grand jury concluded the shooting was intentional, and Raider was indicted on the more serious aggravated murder charge.

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