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Murder trial set for St. Louis County man accused of killing disabled son

Murder trial set for St. Louis County man accused of killing disabled son

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CLAYTON — The murder trial for the man accused of killing his disabled 9-year-old son in 2003 has been set for March 8, 2021.

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Nancy Watkins McLaughlin set the trial date for Dawan Ferguson, 47, of St. Louis County, who was charged last year in the presumed death of his son Christian Ferguson. The boy disappeared in 2003 and has never been found.

Dawan Ferguson

Dawan Ferguson was charged Oct. 3, 2019, with first-degree murder in the death of his son, who disappeared in June 2003. He was additionally charged on Oct. 24 with sexually abusing two children over several years.

Ferguson, his public defender and the state appeared Thursday by video conference with the judge, court records say. Ferguson is seeking a bench trial instead of a jury trial; prosecutors oppose Ferguson's request.

Prosecutors and Ferguson's lawyer are expected to file briefs on Ferguson's request within 30 days.

Just after 6 a.m. on June 11, 2003, Dawan Ferguson  called 911 from a pay phone at Page and Skinker boulevards. The father told police he had stopped to make a call and a carjacker drove off with his maroon 1999 Ford Expedition with Christian inside. Police found the SUV hours later in Ferguson — but no Christian.

Alleged carjacking and abduction of Christian Ferguson

FILE PHOTO: Christian Ferguson disappeared in 2003 when he was 9 years old. His father told police his SUV was stolen with the boy inside on June 11, 2003. Christian had a medical disorder that required daily medication. 

In October, prosecutors charged Ferguson with murder. Weeks later, Ferguson was charged with two counts of statutory rape, two counts of statutory sodomy and child molestation for allegedly sexually abusing two children at different times between 2000 and 2013.

In September, Ferguson’s wife of 18 years filed for divorce, alleging that he abused two of her relatives for years and that he fathered a child by one of them. She also got a protection order against him.

Christian could not process protein because of a rare disorder, authorities say. He couldn’t walk or talk and would have died within 48 hours without proper medication.

Alleged carjacking and abduction of Christian Ferguson

FILE PHOTO: Christian Ferguson disappeared in 2003 when he was 9 years old. His father told police his SUV was stolen with the boy inside on June 11, 2003. Christian had a medical disorder that required daily medication. 

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