Man charged in Hamilton County homicide said the ‘devil made him do it’

  photo  Hamilton County Sheriff's Office / Sean Ryan Little

A man charged with homicide after a Hamilton County stabbing left a woman dead last week reportedly said the "devil made (him) do it," according to an affidavit in the case.

Sean Little, 38, was arrested and charged Dec. 7, court filings show. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

Little tried to flee the scene on the 7800 block of Safari Drive near Standifer Gap Road, the affidavit states, and was found in a wooded area behind the home.

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Deputies from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office responded to the home around 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 7.

The victim's son, quoted as a witness in the affidavit, told deputies he saw Little on top of his mother's bloody body with a knife. When the witness called out, he reported, Little started to chase him down the home's stairs with the knife, saying "the devil made me do it." The witness's 3-year-old brother was also present at the time of the alleged stabbing, the affidavit states.

The victim, Sara Ferguson, was reportedly found lying on her back in an upstairs bedroom with stab wounds on her face, chest and back, the affidavit states. Deputies also reported finding a knife near her body. She was declared dead at the scene, the report states.

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According to the affidavit, investigating deputies found evidence at the scene to corroborate the witness's account.

Little has been in custody at Silverdale Detention Center since his arrest on Dec. 7, jail records show.

His bond was set at $1 million by Hamilton County General Sessions Judge Lila Statom at a hearing Monday, according to court records, meaning he would have to post $100,000 to be released from jail.

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Little has been assigned a public defender, though a court clerk said Tuesday that records did not show who will be representing him.

He is set to appear in court next on Jan. 18, court records show.

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