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Ryan Ferguson continues attempts to overturn 2005 murder conviction

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 | 7:52 p.m. CDT; updated 7:38 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Jan. 30, 2013

Ryan Ferguson files a habeas corpus petition in the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals, arguing he is purely innocent of the crime. This is Ferguson's 14th attempt to overturn his 2005 murder conviction.

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March 6, 2013

Attorney General Chris Koster asks the court to deny Ferguson's petition, saying it is incorrect legal procedure.

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March 22, 2013

Ferguson's attorney Kathleen Zellner responds to allegations Koster wrote in his response. Lawyers with the Midwest Innocence Project add their input to the debate as well, arguing Zellner did in fact follow the correct legal procedure.

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April 30, 2013

The court rejects Koster's argument and orders him to file a new response. Koster requests extra time to form his response, but in the end, merely refers back to his first one.

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Both sides are now awaiting a final decision from the court. A hearing has been set for Sept. 10. For a full history of the case starting with Kent Heitholt's murder in 2001, check out The Missourian's timeline.


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