As he was being detained by police outside the North Side apartment building where his girlfriend was found fatally stabbed, Jared Thomas Ferguson provided his name and then said something surprising that was captured on an officer’s body camera.
“I’m the one you’re looking for,” he said.
While it didn’t qualify as a confession, it was consistent with other evidence and testimony pointing to his involvement, all of which resulted in Ferguson’s conviction Friday for the murder of his girlfriend, 60-year-old Lisa Baker.
A Franklin County jury deliberated for about three hours over parts of two days before reaching its verdict. The jurors also convicted Ferguson, 38, of tampering with evidence for cleaning the scene and hiding the knife used in the killing.
Common Pleas Judge Chris Brown separately convicted Ferguson of domestic violence. Ferguson chose to have that charge decided by the judge rather than the jury.
Ferguson faces mandatory life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years in the murder and as many as six years for the other counts when he is sentenced by the judge Aug. 20.
Testimony established that Ferguson and Baker lived together in the Duncan Street apartment where she died on March 24, 2019.
The key witness for the prosecution was one of Ferguson’s friends, who testified that Ferguson showed him the body in a back bedroom of the apartment.
The apartment complex was notorious for drug activity, officers testified, and drug users frequented Ferguson and Baker’s apartment.
Investigators think Ferguson killed Baker on the living room couch, where her blood was found, then put her body in a locked bedroom.
A knife found in a locked closet contained the victim’s blood. On the knife’s handle, a mixture of DNA was found, much of which came from Ferguson, the investigation determined.