Judge Jeffrey Ferguson shot and killed wife: Cops

Orange County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ferguson (Anaheim Police Dept.) and the home where he allegedly shot his wife (ABC7 screenshot)

A 72-year-old superior court judge in California was arrested this week for allegedly killing his wife, accused of fatally shooting the 65-year-old woman inside their plush family home. Orange County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ferguson was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with one count of murder in the slaying of Sheryl Ferguson, authorities announced.

According to a press release from the Anaheim Police Department, officers at about 8 p.m. on Aug. 3 responded to a residence located in the 8500 block of E. Canyon Vista Drive in regard to reports of a shooting.

Upon arriving at the address, first responders located an adult female victim — later identified as Sheryl Ferguson — inside the residence. She appeared to be suffering from at least one gunshot wound, police said. Medical personnel pronounced her dead at the scene.

Police then made contact with the victim’s husband — identified as Judge Ferguson — who was at the home and placed him under arrest without incident and charged him with suspicion of murder. He was transported to the Anaheim Police Department’s Detention Facility where he was being held in lieu of $1 million bond as of Friday morning.

Authorities say they are not releasing any additional details regarding the matter due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Ferguson, a former member of the U.S. Navy, started his legal career as a deputy district attorney in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He was promoted in the 1990s to senior deputy district attorney and had postings with the Major Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Probation Offender Search and Seizure Enforcement Task Force. Ferguson served as president of the North Orange County Bar Association from 2012 to 2014. He was elected to the Orange County Superior Court bench on June 3, 2014.

During his career, he was named Prosecutor of the Year four times by the Orange County Narcotic Officers Association.

Judge Jeffrey Ferguson shot and killed wife: Cops

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