Trial phase begins for Ferguson, Donohue

PLYMOUTH — Former Marshall County businessmen David Ferguson and Alan Donohue have been arraigned in court on charges levied last week that include theft and violations of the state’s Racketeering law.

Donohue and Ferguson surrendered to authorities on Monday afternoon. Bond was set at $15,000 each, which was posted quickly.

On Tuesday, the defendants appeared in court with Amy Griner, their attorney from Mishawaka.

The Judge also set up a pretrial conference date for between the attorneys, and a deadline to submit a plea agreement for Nov. 20. Not guilty pleas were entered by the judge, as is standard procedure, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Ferguson and Donohue were indicted earlier this year by the grand jury in relation to charges stemming from the now defunct Stone Creek Homes. Ferguson served as CEO and Donohue was the Chief Financial Officer.
After much fanfare about the manufactured homes building business, Stone Creek Homes closed doors unexpectedly almost a year later, allegedly leaving employees unpaid and orders unfilled. Several employees and the owner of a North Dakota business who paid for but did not receive his order.

Ferguson was indicted on 14 counts; Donohue on 11.