Judge's Call Right On Louisa Murder Case

LOUISA, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court says a judge properly allowed an eastern Kentucky man to represent himself during a murder trial.

The high court rejected Alger Ferguson's contention that Lawrence Circuit Judge Daniel Sparks erred in letting him represent himself at trial.

Ferguson was convicted of murdering his nephew, Parker Ferguson in 2003. He appealed the guilty verdict and life sentence handed down against him in 2005. Justices rejected the appeal on Thursday.

In 2003, police officers found Parker crying on his porch and lying on some broken glass. His nephew was lying dead on the living room floor. The semiautomatic pistol that killed the nephew was next to him, and the gun's loaded magazine was found in Ferguson's pocket.

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