Charleston West Virginia 

Tuesday May 18, 1993



Man Accused of Killing Trooper Indicted

HARRISVILLE - A man accused of killing a state trooper has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge.

Dennis Ferguson, 67, of Pullman shot Trooper Larry Hacker as the officer walked up Ferguson's driveway to investigate a dispute between neighbors, police said.

Ferguson, jailed without bond since his April 9 arrest, was to enter a plea today before Ritchie County Circuit Judge Joseph Troisi.

Defense attorney Keith White did not immediately return a telephone message left at his home Monday.

Hacker, 34, of Harrisville and Trooper S.J. Verdow went to Ferguson's borne April 8 after a neighbor complained Ferguson had blocked the single-lane gravel road to his house with a pickup truck.

Verdow said Hacker was peering around a storage shed about 75 feet from Ferguson's home when he was hit. Ferguson surrendered several hours later.

Hacker was the first trooper to die in the line of duty since April 1989. The indictment was handed up Monday.