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‘The Devil Made Me Do It’: Tennessee Man Accused Of Stabbing Woman To Death In Her Home

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Source: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Dec. 14 2022, Published 1:02 p.m. ET

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A Tennessee man claims the devil is responsible for making him stab a woman to death, an affidavit states.

Sean Ryan Little, 38, was arrested and charged with the Dec. 7 murder of Sarah Ferguson at a residence in Hamilton County, show court records obtained by The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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According to the outlet, around 4:45 p.m. that day, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office responded to a home and took Little into custody after he fled the scene.

The victim’s son who witnessed the aftermath of the attack claimed he walked into an upstairs master bedroom and found Little on top of Ferguson, an arrest affidavit states.

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The suspect then chased the witness down the home’s stairs and claimed that “the devil made me do it,” the affidavit states.


Responding deputies found Ferguson on her back suffering multiple stab wounds to her body, including her chest, back and face. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim’s 3-year-old and 7-year-old sons were also present during the stabbing but they were not injured.

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A knife was recovered near Ferguson’s body, police said.

Little was booked into the Silverdale Detention Center and was being held on a $1 million bond.

In addition to the murder charge, Little also faces three counts of aggravated assault, according to the Chattanoogan.


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