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Jury deliberations underway in Yorkville murder trial of John Ferguson

John Ferguson is the 38-year-old Yorkville man accused of stabbing his brother Daryl Ferguson to death in their mother’s home last July.

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 12:43 PM
Updated: Mar 12, 2019 7:30 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The jury has started deliberations in the Yorkville murder trial against a man charged in his brother's death. 

Closing arguments to the jury in the John Ferguson trial concluded around 1 p.m. Tuesday in Oneida County Court.

John Ferguson is the 38-year-old Yorkville man accused of stabbing his brother Daryl Ferguson to death in their mother’s home last July.

They told jurors that John had his life together and Daryl was the one who was spiraling out of control.

The defense told jurors that Daryl was intoxicated and high on drugs. He was violent and was already angry because of a prior fight with his girlfriend.

The defense told jurors Daryl got angry with John and choked him. John did try to get away, but Daryl pursued him like he always does in fights.

The defense said John grabbed a knife to get Daryl to stop, but Daryl didn’t stop. The defense attorney said John did what he had to do to survive. He didn’t want this to happen but he wanted to get away from his brother.

The prosecution told jurors whether they agreed with the life choices of the Ferguson’s or not, that when they would drink and fight no one ever got seriously hurt.

The prosection also said during closing arguments that there’s a reason John Ferguson chose the knife he chose, and not a big one because a big knife can't be can’t concealled. 

The judge charged the jury around and deliberations began around 3 p.m. 

 

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