Trial is underway in murder of Loretto native

Trial is underway this week in the brutal murder of Loretto native Tiffany Ferguson that occurred in Nashville on February 28, 2017. Christopher Drew McLawhorn, age 25, is standing trial after being indicted on charges of first degree felony murder, first degree premeditated murder, especially aggravated burglary and two counts of theft of property

Ferguson was stabbed to death in her bed inside of her apartment in Wedgewood Park after McLawhorn illegally entered her home.

During testimony Monday several law enforcement officers testified, along with one of Ferguson’s roommates, who attempted to resuscitate her using CPR. She testified that, other than taking one small breath,

Ferguson did not respond. She was transported to Vanderbilt hospital where she was pronounced dead. The roommate said she awoke to the sound of Ferguson screaming. She saw that the front door was open, closed and locked it, then found Ferguson in her bed.

Expert witnesses testified that she had suffered nine stab wounds, including at least one to her heart. An inmate who had shared a cell with McLawhorn also took the stand. He said that in conversations they had, McLawhorn confided that he had stabbed Ferguson because she started screaming.

Ferguson was stabbed with a knife that McLawhorn had allegedly taken from her kitchen. The knife, covered in Ferguson’s blood, was found discarded outside the apartment along with her laptop and purse. Testimony is continuing today.


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