Published On: Tue, Nov 26th, 2013

Merritt Dudas charges in shooting murder of friend Drew Ferguson and hiding body in sleeping bag under trash

A Pennsylvania man shot and killed his friend over a fight about money, then hid the body in a sleeping bag, covered with a pile of trash at the home of the victim’s grandmother.

Drew Ferguson/ Facebook photo

Drew Ferguson/ Facebook photo

Merritt Dudas, age 24, faces charges of first-degree murder, robbery, and other charges. Police say Dudas stole Drew Ferguson’s wallet and Honda Civic after shooting and killing his friend with a stolen firearm.

Ferguson, age 21, was found several days later under a trash pile inside of a sleeping bag.

“I’m just confused,” said Michael Cheshire, a friend of both the victim and alleged murderer to the local NBC affiliate. “I don’t understand how this could happen in Malvern. It’s a nice town. I don’t know who would do this to Drew.”

The mother of the shooter was shocked by the news.

“My heart is just breaking for their family and their friends,” Patricia Dudas said to Philly.com

She added later about her son, “I will never, ever stop loving him.”

“It’s hard,” said Dudas’ father, Michael.

Dudas was convicted of burglary, trespassing, and marijuana possession in 2008 and was not permitted to carry a gun.

The killing is the first reported in Malvern since a domestic dispute in 1996.


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