Marion Oaks murder suspect on the run


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Sidney Ferguson

Marion Oaks — Marion County sheriff’s Detectives are searching for a 19-year-old suspect who shot his stepfather to death in Marion Oaks Friday night.

At approximately 11 p.m., dispatchers received a 911 call regarding a shooting located at, 7819 Southwest 128th Street Road.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found Johnathon Thurman in the front yard bleeding out from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where he died.


The murder suspect, Sidney Ferguson, fled the scene in a dark blue or black sedan in an unknown direction.

According to witnesses, the two were arguing when Ferguson pulled out a gun and shot Thurman.

Ferguson is approximately six feet tall and has an average build. Ferguson was last seen wearing black basketball shorts and a black shirt.

MCSO detectives said Ferguson is considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has information, please call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 352-732-9111, Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP, text a tip to 274637 using keyword 368-STOP, or visit For Crime Stoppers, please reference 15-38 in your tip. Anonymity is guaranteed.