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GPS device issued to suspected killer


ELYRIA — Accused killer Ryan Raider now has a court-ordered GPS-monitoring device.

Raider, 25, was released earlier this week from the Lorain County Jail after county Common Pleas Judge James Burge cut his bond from $500,000 to $200,000 with house arrest.

Burge said he confirmed that Raider reported to the county’s Adult Probation Department on Thursday morning to get fitted with the GPS device.

Typically, when an inmate who is required to wear a tracking device is released from the county jail, the inmate goes to the Probation Department to get the device, but when Raider was released, the Probation Department was closed for the holidays.

Raider faces aggravated murder and other charges for the Oct. 12 shooting death of his roommate, 29-year-old Brandon Smith, inside their Avon apartment.

Smith was shot once in the head while he was in bed with his girlfriend, Emily Markel, after Raider came into the room with a gun. Raider has told police that the gun discharged accidentally, but the charges sought by prosecutors indicate they believe the shooting was deliberate.

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