NOTE: Updated Aug. 16 to include Ferguson’s plea.
Jeffrey Ferguson, criminal judge of Orange County Superior Court, has been formally charged with the murder of his wife, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced Aug. 11.
He faces a felony charge for murder with two firearm enhancements. He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life, according to the office.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge Aug. 15.
The District Attorney’s office said that police recovered 47 weapons and 26,000 rounds of ammunition from Ferguson’s home, but that a .22 rifle legally registered to the judge remains missing.
Ferguson’s adult son