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Officer testifies in murder trial

Defendant found by trail of blood

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Blood coated the kitchen floor and soaked into the carpeting in a bedroom, Deputy Christopher Epps said of the scene he found after being flagged down for help in the early morning hours of May 21, 2009.

Jesse Haynes, 42, lay on the kitchen floor. Rodney Crane, 27, was in the bedroom. Other Richmond County officers had just started arriving when they noticed something else, a trail of blood drops from the Glenwood Apartments unit where the two victims were found to one upstairs, Epps testified Monday. Investigators found Joshua B. Ferguson, 53, there.

Ferguson has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to murder and weapon charges in the deaths of Haynes and Crane. Testimony continues today.

Officers weren't sure whether there was another victim or a suspect in the upstairs apartment, Capt. Scott Peebles testified. When they learned the apartment was leased by a woman but a man had opened the apartment door before slamming it shut in a deputy's face, Peebles decided they had to get inside immediately, he testified.

Ferguson was the only one in the apartment. He had locked himself in the bathroom and at first refused to come out. "A dying man needs a cigarette," Peebles said Ferguson told officers. It took about 10 minutes to persuade Ferguson to open the door. He had a cut on one hand but no other obvious signs of injury, Peebles said.

This morning, witnesses are expected to testify about the crime scene and what might be deduced from the evidence found in both apartments.

Ferguson has an extensive criminal history that began in May 1971, when he committed robbery while still a teenager.

In June 1984, Ferguson was charged with murder in the stabbing death of Alfred N. Golack. The charge was reduced to manslaughter, and Ferguson was sentenced to five years in prison.

Ferguson later did time for burglary. His latest release from prison was in May 2007.

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Fiat_Lux 07/19/10 - 04:04 pm
You gotta wonder what this

You gotta wonder what this fine citizen's defense strategy is going to be.

"It was self-defense, your honor. Their music was killing me and they made me feel bad when I asked them to turn it down."

corgimom 07/20/10 - 09:00 am
"Well, since I already

"Well, since I already murdered one person and got just a minor sentence when I did that, that taught me it's no big deal."

lifelongresidient 07/20/10 - 06:28 pm
well another death due to

well another death due to georgia's failure to enact a 2-3 strikes law....this peice of crap would still be in jail if there was one, and for his "scumbag" lawyer who got is first killing reduced to manslaughter shame on you, you should be held liable/accountable...and i guess the same should be said for his current "scumbag" lawyer" who is pleading him "not guilty" I BET HIS SCUYMBAG LAWYER DOESN'T BELIEVE HE IS NOT GUILTY AND WOULDN'T LET HIM LIVE IN HIS HOME AROUND HIS FAMILY

realitycheck09 07/20/10 - 08:56 pm
So, um, lifelong...why is it

So, um, lifelong...why is it the fault of HIS attorney and not the fault of the prosecutor who let him plead to manslaughter in the first case? You understand that HIS lawyer's duty is to help HIM and the prosecutor is supposed to protect the citizens. Sounds like your anger is misplaced.

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