JEFFERSON CITY — A Columbia man convicted nearly seven years ago for killing a Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor in 2001 returns to court Monday in his latest bid for a new trial.
Ryan Ferguson is serving a 40-year sentence for second-degree murder and robbery in the strangling of Kent Heitholt in the newspaper's parking lot.
Ferguson has convinced a Cole County judge to allow new evidence during a hearing in Jefferson City, where he is imprisoned. The hearing is scheduled to last five days.
Ferguson won't testify, but his lawyers plan to call co-defendant Charles "Chuck" Erickson, a high school friend. Erickson pleaded guilty to Heitholt's slaying and received a 25-year prison sentence. Erickson now says the two men were together but that only he killed Heitholt.