COURTS & LEGAL

Judge allows woman charged with murdering professional bull rider to be released on bail

Nov 30, 2023, 4:38 PM | Updated: 4:48 pm

Demetrius Omar Lateef (Bull Stock Media)...

Demetrius Omar Lateef (Bull Stock Media)

(Bull Stock Media)

SALT LAKE CITY — A 23-year-old woman who has been in jail in Utah for 11 months on charges of murdering a professional bull rider is now returning to her home in Texas after a Utah judge let her out on bail Thursday.

But the mother of man she is accused of killing asked the judge to keep the woman in jail.

Third District Judge Mark Kouris said he doesn’t think Lashawn Denise Bagley is a danger to the community, and the shooting sounds like it is a “completely one-off” and, like many other cases, is “kind of a fluke.”

Salt Lake police responded to the shooting on Sept. 12, 2022, near 900 South and 200 West and found 27-year-old Demetrius Allen with a gunshot wound. Allen was taken to the hospital where he later died.

The shooting occurred just hours after Allen competed in a rodeo at the Utah State Fairpark. Allen was known by fans as “Ouncie Mitchell,” according to a statement from Professional Bull Riders CEO Sean Gleason.

Bagley was arrested in the Houston area after a few months of investigation by members of the Southern District of Texas U.S. Marshals Service who were acting on information provided by Salt Lake police in early 2023.

She is charged with murder and felony discharge of a firearm, first-degree felonies, and eight counts of felony discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony.

She had been in an “on-again, off-again domestic relationship” with Allen, according to Salt Lake police, who said the shooting took place where Bagley lived and she was on the phone with a 911 operator during the shooting. Police said they believe Bagley fired her handgun multiple times and that she was upset with Allen because of his interest in Bagley’s friend.

Bagley appeared in court on Thursday for a justification hearing, where she would have a chance to present evidence that she acted in self-defense. If her attorneys showed evidence of self-defense, prosecutors would need to reach a higher standard to keep the criminal charges or the case could be dismissed.

The prosecutor assigned to the case, however, was sick Thursday so that hearing was postponed, which led Bagley’s attorney, Sherry Valdez, to ask the judge to consider releasing her. She said Bagley had never been in jail before the shooting death and has a stable supportive family.

“She’s not a risk to the community, she’s just not,” Valdez said.

She said the killing was an act of self-defense, and it would be fair for Bagley to be allowed to be at home while the case goes through the court system.

Before allowing her to be released, Kouris said there is a chance the case would have been dismissed by the end of the day, citing evidence he has seen in the case, and evidence he anticipated from the justification hearing.

Allen’s mother attended the hearing remotely and asked the judge not to release Bagley. She expressed concerns that Bagley lives near her family and they feel her release would be a danger to them.

One of Allen’s family members, Kamilah Mitchell, commented using the chat feature available when attending remotely, “(O)ur baby will never see another Christmas nor any other holiday ever. Why should she be able to be with her family?”

Deputy Salt Lake County district attorney Richard Pehrson said the case is serious, and has been bound over for trial. He said a request for a two-week continuance due to illness should not be a reason to reevaluate custody. But Kouris said there were no other dates available for a justification hearing until January.

Kouris ordered Bagley to check in with a probation service at least once a week and have no contact with Allen’s family. Both families live in Houston, Texas.

The justification hearing is now set in the case for Jan. 3.

KSL 5 TV Live

Courts & Legal

Jodi Hildebrandt and Ruby Franke on an advertisement for the ConneXions program....

Shelby Lofton

Life coaching regulations under consideration following Hildebrandt case

A bill regulating life coaching programs in Utah is on hold to give the Utah Division of Professional Licensing more time to study the profession.

21 hours ago

CORRECTS SENTENCE TO UP TO 30 YEARS, NOT 60 YEARS - Defendant Ruby Franke looks on during court Tue...

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com

Ruby Franke’s parents, brother say Franke was brainwashed

Ruby Franke's parents asked a judge to show "as much mercy" as possible ahead of her sentencing this week for child abuse, saying their daughter had been brainwashed.

21 hours ago

The mug shots of Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt obtained by KSL on Feb. 21 2024. It's expected th...

Shelby Lofton

Long-term therapy expected for Ruby Franke, Jodi Hildebrandt’s young victims

After their mother, Ruby Franke, and previous counselor Jodi Hildebrandt were sentenced for aggravated child abuse, it's expected the Franke children will need long-term therapy to heal from the trauma they've endured.

2 days ago

metal container with slides frozen in the bottom...

Laura Ungar, Science Writer

How Alabama court ruling that frozen embryos are children could affect IVF

The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law. This is raising concerns about how the decision could affect in vitro fertilization, commonly known as IVF.

2 days ago

FILE...

Gene Johnson, Associated Press

Seattle officer who struck and killed graduate student from India won’t face felony charges

Prosecutors in Washington state said Wednesday they will not file felony charges against a Seattle police officer who struck and killed a graduate student from India while responding to an overdose call.

2 days ago

In this screen grab from lapel camera video provided by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, movie...

Associated Press

Jury selection begins for trial of ‘Rust’ armorer in fatal 2021 shooting by Alec Baldwin

Prosecutors are pursuing accountability in the 2021 death of a cinematographer who was shot by actor Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal for the Western movie “Rust."

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Judge allows woman charged with murdering professional bull rider to be released on bail