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Ferguson trial: Yorkville man found guilty in brother's stabbing death

The jury found John Ferguson guilty on manslaughter and weapon charges, in the stabbing death of his brother.

Posted: Mar 13, 2019 6:27 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2019 6:34 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The jury found John Ferguson guilty on manslaughter and weapon charges, in the stabbing death of his brother.

After less than a day of deliberations, the jury found John Ferguson guilty on first-degree manslaughter, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon charges in his brother's death, Daryl Ferguson, but not guilty on the second-degree murder charge.

On Wednesday, jurors asked to hear the definition of justification again, also known as self defense. An hour after the jury began deliberating on Tuesday they asked to hear the 911 call from Ferguson's mother, Rosemary Ferguson, and to see the police body worn camera video footage.

During closing arguments on Tuesday, the prosecution said the stab wounds show that John meant to kill his brother, and that there was no evidence of a struggle. They also said that John stabbed his brother five times.

The defense told jurors that Daryl got into an argument with John and choked him during the struggle, and that John did what he needed to do in order to survive.

Ferguson is scheduled for sentencing on May 6.

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