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Tennessee murder suspect's phone used to search DNA, fingerprint info, police say

Posted March 16

Christopher Drew McLawhorn

— The phone of the man suspected of murdering a nurse in Nashville in February was used to make searches to news and porn sites following the woman's death, a Nashville police detective said at a hearing on Thursday.

Christopher McLawhorn, 24, was days away from a scheduled court date in Wilson County, North Carolina when he was arrested for the murder of Tiffany Ferguson who was killed on Feb. 28.

The detective said he analyzed McLawhorn's phone using a computer program and found the search history from Feb. 28. The phone was used to access several news articles from local outlets that reported on Ferguson's stabbing death.

The detective said the internet history showed the phone was used to search for websites about fingerprints and DNA. The phone was used to access articles titled "Will the rain wash away fingerprints" and "Just how incriminating is a fingerprint, really?" among others.

The phone was also used to access a porn website where the term "murderotica suffocation" was searched multiple times.

One witness told prosecutors he was with McLawhorn before the murder. The witness said McLawhorn tried to get into unlocked cars and apartments to "make some money."

The witness left McLawhorn at an apartment building and crossed the street to a gas station where he called police.


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