A former Spencer man who had been charged in the death of his infant child and the shooting death of a neighbor, is back in the news again.
Dreu Ferguson Jr., 33, is charged with making terroristic threats to kill another and failing to dispose of human remains in a manner required by law, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor Ron Casella.
Ferguson Jr. (left) has not been charged with killing his father.
Dreu Ferguson Sr., 58, was found buried under a porch at his mother's home in Millville, New Jersey, Tuesday morning.
Ferguson Jr. made a threat to kill his father on May 18. Between May 20 and May 25, Ferguson Jr. failed to dispose of his father's remains in a manner required by law, Casella said.
Casella would not say how Ferguson Sr. died. The preliminary autopsy did not reveal a cause of death. The body showed no obvious signs of trauma, Casella said.
Cumberland County news reports say, Ferguson Jr. is lodged in Cumberland County Jail on $125,000 bail.
Reports say Ferguson Jr. has a history of incarceration, most of which occurred for offenses committed in the late 1990s, including multiple burglaries, weapons possession and violations of parole.
He was in the custody of the New Jersey Department of Corrections from April 1998 until January 2000.
Ferguson Jr.'s criminal record also includes a voluntary manslaughter conviction in West Virginia relating to the June 11, 2003 death of his neighbor in Spencer, Roane County.
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Police say Ferguson shot William Freas twice following an argument on Freas' porch, after which Ferguson fled to Indiana and was caught.
A year before the Freas shooting, Dreu Ferguson Jr. and his
wife Jessica were charged with child abuse-murder by a parent through
physical abuse in the death of their infant child.
News reports said Jessica Ferguson allegedly brought the boy to Roane General Hospital, where the state medical examiner later decided that the child was killed.
Ferguson was convicted of the shooting incident, but his conviction was overturned during an appeal before the state Supreme Court in February 2008.
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