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Injuries of suspect, knife shown in court as Yorkville murder trial continues

The prosecution outlined the physical evidence against John Ferguson in his murder trial on Thursday.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 12:15 PM
Updated: Mar 7, 2019 7:07 PM

UTICA, N.Y. --The prosecution outlined the physical evidence against John Ferguson in his murder trial on Thursday.

John Ferguson, of Yorkville, is accused of stabbing his brother Daryl Ferguson to death at their mother's home in Yorkville in July 2018. John Ferguson, often referred to as JW, is facing second degree murder and third degree weapon charges.

The prosecution called on Danielle Kendall, an investigator with the New York State Police. She was one of the officers who photographed all of the defendant's injuries.

"Initial observation was just a normal gentleman standing there," she said. "There wasn't anything that was saying 'I'm injured.' There was no gross amounts of any kind of blood or injuries that really stuck out."

But Kendall said she did find some injuries on his upper left arm.

"We documented several small, those little tiny round bruises, smaller than a dime," she said, while the prosecution showed images of John Ferguson's arm.

But Kendall said the coloring of those bruises made it seem as though they were older injuries.

Kendall testified that there was one significant injury to Ferguson's right bicep, which appeared to be a blue-purplish hue.

"Investigator would it be fair to say that this was the most remarkable area that you observed of John Ferguson," said Todd Carville, Oneida County assistant district attorney.

Kendall replied yes. Carville asked if there were any other bruises that 'looked this fresh or this deep,' Kendall answered no.

Police collected drops of blood found on John Ferguson's shin and foot, several plastic bags found in the home and a knife that was found near the victim, all of the items were tested for DNA. Lisa Sheridan, a forensic scientist with the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany, explained the results of those items in court.

"The swabs from the plastic bag as well as the the previous items that I mentioned, I developed a single source profile from all those items that match the profile developed from the bloodstain card of Daryl Ferguson," she said.

Witness testimony continues in Oneida County Court at 10 a.m. on Friday.

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