A judge has determined that Christopher Ferguson, the man charged with the Suburban Boston triple homicide case of a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and the wife’s elderly mother, is mentally incompetent to stand trial. His next court date is scheduled for October 10.
Suburban Boston Triple Homicide Case
According to a published article, the charges against Ferguson stem from the Suburban Boston triple homicide case brutal killings of Gilda D’Amore, 73, Bruno D’Amore, 74, and Lucia Arpino.
The victims were discovered on June 25 in their Newton home after they failed to appear at a celebratory event for their 50th wedding anniversary. Their absence raised alarms among parishioners at Our Lady Help of Christians Church where a post-Communion blessing was planned.
Ferguson, who had no apparent connection to the victims pleaded not guilty and has been in custody without bail. His charges include murder, assault, battery with a dangerous weapon, and burglary. Prosecutors have hinted that additional charges could be forthcoming as the investigation unfolds.
Evidence gathered by law enforcement paints a disturbing picture. According to investigators, a friend of the victims discovered their bodies in a bedroom after they missed the 10 a.m. Mass.
Police responded to the call and identified signs of forced entry through a window, along with blood droplets and fingerprints.
Surveillance footage from a nearby residence depicted a man without a shirt or shoes stumbling near the D’Amore residence early on the morning of the Suburban Boston triple homicide case.
Suburban Boston Triple Homicide Case Ruling
The ruling was delivered during a hearing at Newton District Court.
The judge, Jennifer Queally, ordered Ferguson, a 41-year-old resident of Newton, to remain at Bridgewater State Hospital. This facility is designated for individuals who are either convicted of crimes or awaiting trial but are deemed unfit to participate in legal proceedings like the Suburban Boston triple homicide case due to their mental state.
Prosecutors revealed during the hearing that they couldn’t substantiate Ferguson’s competence to stand trial “as of today.” This lack of evidentiary support for his competency prompted Judge Queally to rule that he is currently unfit to proceed with the trial of the Suburban Boston triple homicide case.
Ferguson’s attorney has expressed expectations that his client will be indicted by a grand jury in the coming weeks. Such an indictment would shift the case to the Superior Court, where a different judge will determine the next course of action.
“If he is found to have regained competency, either because he was treated or medicated, his case would then continue along the regular path toward a criminal trial,” stated Ferguson’s attorney.
Ferguson’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 10.