A California Judge has been arrested after his wife was fatally shot in their Anaheim house.
In a press release, the Anaheim Police Department stated that 72-year-old Jeffrey Ferguson was charged with murdering his 65-year old wife Sheryl Ferguson.
Police received reports on Thursday of a shooting at an Anaheim residence in the 8500 block E. Canyon Vista Drive.
Police officers were sent to the scene, where they found Sheryl Ferguson suffering from a gunshot injury. She was declared dead on the spot.
Anaheim Police reported that they “arrested Judge Jeffrey Ferguson for murder without incident” at his home.
The judge was arrested and booked in the Anaheim Police Department Detention Facility on $1 million bail.
The police said that they will not be releasing more information at this time as an investigation is still ongoing.
Unidentified neighbor told local station KTLA the judge and his wife had lived at the house for over 20 years. The neighbor told reporters that he saw Ferguson being led away in handcuffs by police and claimed to have been told Sheryl was the victim.
Ferguson is a judge at the Orange County Superior Court since 2015. Ses current term will end on January 4, 2027. According to the North Orange County Bar Association, Ferguson worked for more than 30 years as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, where he was a member of the Major Narcotics Enforcement Team. Ferguson served as president of the Orange County Narcotics Officers Association from 2012 to 2014. He was also named prosecutor-of-the-year four times.
Ferguson was publicly admonished in 2017 by the State Commission on Judicial Performance over ethics violations he committed regarding Facebook comments about another judicial candidates and being Facebook friends of attorneys who appeared regularly before him.
The panel of watchdogs said Ferguson had violated judicial ethical standards by posting comments “without regard to the truth or accuracy of the statement.” Panel also stated that it was “improper’ for him to have Facebook friends who were criminal defense attorneys with cases pending, and regularly appeared before him in court. Ferguson claimed that he immediately unfriended attorneys when he received a call from the commission.