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2 arrested for Heitholt murder

Wednesday, March 10, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:38 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 30, 2008

The Columbia Police Department has arrested two men in connection with the homicide of Kent Heitholt, a sports editor with the Columbia Daily Tribune. Heitholt was beaten and strangled to death on the morning of Nov. 1, 2001, in the Tribune parking lot, 101 N. Fourth St.

Prosecutor Kevin Crane has charged Ryan William Ferguson, 19, with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery, and Charles Timothy Erickson, 19, with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the case.

The police department will issue further details regarding the arrests during a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday.

- Caroline Killmer

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