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Update: Marshfield murder suspect arrested in Dorchester

The Saturday arrest was connected to the robbery and slaying of a reported collector of exotic goods.
Boston police observations contributed to an arrest on Saturday.BPD

A man suspected in the killing of a Marshfield man was in custody Sunday after police action in Dorchester this weekend.

Boston police and the city’s SWAT team played a role in arresting 39-year-old James Ferguson on Saturday, police said Sunday. Ferguson used to live in Marshfield, but was living in Dorchester at the time of his arrest, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said at a press conference.

Ferguson was being held on $5 million bond and was set to be arraigned Monday in Plymouth District Court on murder and robbery charges, police said in a press conference.

The arrest stems from the killing of 43-year-old Robert McKenna, of Marshfield, in the early morning hours of Wednesday Sept. 17. Investigators previously called the slaying at McKenna’s Marshfield home “horrific," according to reporting from CBS Boston.


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Authorities said DNA evidence led investigators to Ferguson, according to Jessica Trufant, areporter for the Quincy Patriot Ledgerwho live-tweeted a press conference Sunday evening.

“If you are involved in this case or you have information about this case, and you know who you are, come see us,” said Marshfield Police Chief Phillip Tavares at a press conference. “Because we will be coming for you.”

Boston police could not provide more information about the nature of the arrest and calls to the Plymouth County District Atorney's office were not returned.

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Around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Boston police observed an unattended vehicle of interest near 11 Salcombe Street in Dorchester and alerted other authorities while conducting surveillance, according to a release. State troopers and Marshfield police officers also responded, the release said.

McKenna’s death attracted attention for the victim’s curious past. He told those who knew him he was a collector of taxidermy, an African big game hunter and a former diamond runner,The Boston Globe reported.

 

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