Jury recommends life in prison for Lexington native who murdered boyfriend

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CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky. (ABC) – A jury on Wednesday recommended a life sentence for Kentucky woman Shayna Hubers one day after she was convicted of murder in a retrial of her ex-boyfriend’s brutal death.

Hubers, 27, was found guilty on Tuesday of murder for the second time, Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO reported. This suggestion comes more than five years after she allegedly shot and killed her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ryan Carter Poston, after he apparently tried breaking up with her. Her first trial, which occurred three years ago, garnered national attention.

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The judge will have the final say over the length of the sentence after a pre-sentencing hearing on Oct. 18, according to WCPO.

Poston, a 29-year-old lawyer, was found dead in his home in Highland Heights, Kentucky, which is northeast of Louisville, in October 2012. Hubers claimed Poston was abusive and that she shot him in self-defense, but the jury didn’t believe her.

During an emotional sentencing hearing, the jury heard from family members of Poston and a friend of Hubers’. Hubers’ attorney asked for a 20-year sentence — 20 years shorter than the sentence she had received after the first trial.

Hubers once told police officers that Poston was abusive and claimed she shot him in self-defense. Prosecutors used her own words to build their case.

“He’s very vain. One of our last conversations we had that was good was that he wants to get a nose job,” Hubers told police in a recorded conversation. “And I shot him right here. I gave him his nose job he wanted. I broke it.”

Her attorney, David Eldridge, said Poston had physically abused Hubers and made her fear for her life.

“He was grabbing her hair, jerking her head back and forth like she thought her neck was going to snap,” Eldridge said in court, according to WCPO. “The commonwealth has been unable to accept the truth about Mr. Poston. They don’t want you to see the whole picture of Mr. Poston and Ms. Hubers.”