Crime Scene: August 21, 2013

Miami Times staff report | 8/22/2013, noon
John Errol Ferguson, 65, was executed recently after serving three decades on Florida’s death row for eight Miami-Dade County murders. ...

Sentencing of duo in Brownsville killing is postponed

After sitting through hours of deliberations over what kind of sentence a pair of killers should get in the death of two people, including a 10-month-old baby, a Miami-Dade judge decided to postpone the case. Jimmie L. Bowen and Bernard M. Jones, convicted last year of killing Pierre Roche, 26, and the infant, Derrick Days, Jr., were recently in court facing life sentences. The two were 16 and 17, respectively, at the time of the crime. The sentencing hearing will resume on Sept. 18, according to Circuit Judge Bertila Soto.

Miami killer John Errol Ferguson executed

John Errol Ferguson, 65, was executed recently after serving three decades on Florida’s death row for eight Miami-Dade County murders. About an hour before the scheduled execution, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a motion to halt the proceedings. Ferguson was one of a group of armed robbers that killed six people during a bloody home-invasion robbery in Carol City in July 1977. At the time, it was considered the worst mass murder in County Early the next year, Ferguson killed two 17-year-old Hialeah High students during a robbery. Ferguson’s execution date came 10 months after he was originally slated to die by lethal injection at a Florida State prison in Starke.

HIV-positive mom guilty of sex with minors

An HIV-positive Cincinnati woman who pleaded to four counts of unlawful sexual contact with two minors will serve one year in prison, the Cincinnati Inquirer reports.

Candance Morris, 32, faced more than 30 years behind bars, when she recently stood before Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Melba Marsh. The actions that led to her conviction still shock the other mothers in the East Price Hill neighborhood with whom she lived and socialized regularly. She often volunteered to watch boys in the neighborhood. All have been tested for HIV and results have returned negative so far. Morris will have to register as a child sex offender for 25 years when she is released from prison. She has already given up custody of her child.

NY transit impostor sentenced for stealing bus

A man arrested more than two dozen times for posing as a transit worker to steal buses and trains and drive the routes was sentenced to a maximum of five years for his latest caper. Darius McCollum, 49, pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing a Trailways bus in 2010 while headed towards JFK International Airport. McCollum will enter a program in which he will undergo cognitive behavioral therapy when he gets out of jail. He has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and his repeated arrests stem in part from it.