A man was charged Wednesday in the stabbing murder of a 23-year-old nurse who was killed in her Nashville apartment this in February.
Christopher Drew McLawhorn was charged with criminal homicide and especially aggravated burglary in the February 28 murder of Tiffany Ferguson, according to a report by the Daily News. Police say he became a person of interest not long after the woman was killed.
McLawhorn, 24, was found Sunday at 4:40 a.m. carrying two bottles of liquor and a small amount of marijuana. He was arrested that day for misdemeanor drug possession. Police eventually gathered enough evidence to make the arrest for Ferguson’s murder.
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Ferguson was killed on February 28 at 5:40 a.m. after someone broke into her home and stabbed her multiple times. The woman shared the apartment with her roommate, Kelsey Cooper, who heard Ferguson’s screams coming from the woman’s bedroom. When she found her roommate stabbed, with the apartment’s front door wide open, she immediately called emergency services. Ferguson was brought to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she died from her injuries.
Police released surveillance videos after the attack that showed a man in a dark hoodie attempting to break into cars.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said that police believe McLawhorn hadn’t originally planned on murdering anyone that night.
“We believe he was trying apartment doors looking for easy access, and that this particular apartment door was open to him. So we think he was there committing burglaries and during the course of the burglary of Ms. Ferguson’s apartment he committed murder.”
McLawhorn denied knowing anything about the murder during police questioning.
Ferguson worked at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville as a nurse. She was described as a “rising star,” and was in the middle of completing her residency in intensive care.
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