FAIRFIELD — A California Medical Facility inmate serving a life sentence for killing his wife was ordered Monday to stand trial on a new murder charge for allegedly killing another inmate.
Andrew Roman, 46, got into a fight with Michael Ferguson, 44, on the third floor tier of their cell block on the morning of March 8, 2010. After exchanging blows, Roman ended the dispute by throwing Ferguson over the balcony rail, according to testimony at Roman’s probable cause hearing. Ferguson died of massive head injuries.
Ferguson had been serving a 16-years-to life sentence for second-degree murder out of Alameda County. He had been locked up since 1997 and housed at California Medical Facility since 2005.
Prison officials initially refused to say whether Ferguson’s fatal fall was accidental, suicide or a homicide. Six months after Ferguson’s death, after a lengthy investigation, Solano County prosecutors filed murder charges against Roman.
Roman, who pleaded not guilty in November 2010, has repeatedly been deemed mentally incompetent.
Judge Wendy G. Getty ended a probable cause hearing for Roman by ordered him to return to court July 18 when he is set to be arraigned on a murder charge.
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