Govenor Rick Scott has signed a death warrant for John Errol Ferguson, who was sentenced to death for the murders of eight people. He is set to die on Tuesday, October 16 at 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison.
Ferguson, 64, was convicted of killing six people in one of the largest mass killings in Miami-Dade history. From the Florida Commission on Capital Cases:
“On July 27, 1977, John Ferguson, posing as a Florida Power and Light employee, was let into a home by Margaret Wooden to check the electrical outlets. After looking in several rooms, Ferguson drew a gun, then bound and blindfolded Wooden. Ferguson let two men, Marvin Francois and Beauford White, into the home to continue searching for drugs and money.
“Two hours later, the owner of the home, Livingston Stocker, and five friends returned home and were bound, blindfolded, and searched by Ferguson, Francois, and White. The seven bound and blindfolded people were then moved from the living room to a bedroom.
“Later, Wooden’s boyfriend, Michael Miller, entered the house and was bound, blindfolded, and searched. Miller and Wooden were moved to another bedroom together and the other six men were moved to the living room.
“At some point in the evening, Marvin Francois’ mask fell off and his face was revealed to the others. Wooden heard shots coming from the living room, where Francois was shooting the men. Ferguson placed a pillow over Wooden’s head and then shot her. Not fatally wounded, Wooden saw Miller being shot and heard Ferguson run from the room.
“When the police arrived, they found six dead bodies, all of which had their hands tied behind their back and had been shot in the back of the head. Johnnie Hall survived a shotgun blast to the head and testified regarding the execution of the other men in the living room.”
Ferguson’s two accomplices, Marvin Francois and Beauford White, were executed in 1985 and 1987, respectively.
Ferguson was also convicted in the murders of two Hialeah teenagers, Brian Glenfeld and Belinda Worley, who had been on their way to meet friends at an ice cream parlor in January 1978.