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Justin Curran was found guilty on all counts Tuesday in the murder of Hyde Park resident Laurie Ferguson. Our Michael Howard was in court and has the story.
DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A sigh and a muttered word is all Justin Curran expressed in court Tuesday after the jury found him guilty on all six counts in the murder of Laurie Ferguson.
“The verdict, in my opinion, had the most to do with the work the police did on this case,” said Edward Whitesell of the Dutchess County District Attorney’s office.
The verdict came just over a year after the body of the 67-year-old was found stabbed in a closet in her Mobile Manor Trailer Park home in Hyde Park Thanksgiving night.
“Obviously, the DNA is important,” said Whitesell. “But in this case, it was a little unusual because the DNA wasn’t extracted directly from him. In other words, it came from pants from a place where he lived.”
The more than two week trial showed Curran needed a car, where Ferguson’s was found abandoned on Reservoir Road, as well as stains found on Curran’s pants were due to him cleaning up blood. The prosecution also says Curran’s phone records helped as well.
“You could see who he was talking to on the phone and that time period where he wasn’t talking on the phone, which could establish the time of the incident that resulted in her death,” said Whitesell.
Curran was found guilty of second degree murder, first degree burglary and grand larceny. He could face more than 50 years in prison.
Curran’s lawyer says he will be appealing the verdict.
“I can understand where the jury is coming from. There was a lot of evidence and DNA and other scientific evidence that would point the finger, not conclusively, but did point the finger,” said Curran’s attorney, Bruce Petito.
A sentencing date has not been set due to other charges Curran is facing, including the alleged kidnapping and assault of his girlfriend, as well as the assault of two correctional officers earlier this year.