William Flannagan

A Charlottesville man was charged July 6 with the second-degree murder of a Gordonsville resident.

Prosecutors initially charged William Flannagan, 45, with aggravated malicious wounding after he allegedly shot Jason Ferguson, 43, of Gordonsville, in the head at about 11 p.m. on July 3. The incident occurred in a garage at a house in the 300 block of Penta Drive. 

Ferguson was taken to University of Virginia Hospital, where he soon died from his injuries. Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire dropped the malicious wounding charge and added the charge of murder at a hearing in Louisa General District Court on July 9.

Dispatchers received a 911 call from a woman who said that two of her son’s friends were in the garage and one had shot the other. Sheriff’s deputies located Flannagan a short time later at the corner of Holiday Road and Penta Drive. A firearm was recovered near the back entrance to Economy Propane on Holiday Road.

Flannagan also faces charges of using a firearm to commit a felony and being a violent felon in possession of a weapon.

Court records show that Flannagan was convicted in Louisa in 2012 of assault and battery on a family member. He served one month in jail.

Flannagan’s preliminary hearing is scheduled on Oct. 8 in district court.

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