Ryan Ferguson, family, girlfriend to appear on 'Katie'

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | 6:33 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Wednesday is an important day for Ryan Ferguson. It is the four-week anniversary of his using an iPhone for the first time. It is also the four-week anniversary of his release from prison after almost eight years.

Ferguson; his parents, Bill and Leslie Ferguson; and his girlfriend, Myka Cain, will sit on the white couches of "Katie," Katie Couric's national daytime talk show. The episode will air in the Columbia area at 2 p.m. Wednesday on KOMU/NBC.

Ryan Ferguson spent nearly eight years in prison for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. In November, Ferguson's conviction was vacated, and he was released. Ferguson will speak about adjusting to life after prison, according to a "Katie" news release.

Bill and Leslie Ferguson will discuss their opinions about the justice system and their experience watching their son being freed from prison, according to the release. Cain, Ferguson's girlfriend, will also speak to her role in "securing Ferguson's freedom," according to the release.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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