The complaint accuses eight current and former Columbia police officers, former Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane and two investigators, the city of Columbia, and Boone County of trying to build a murder case against Ferguson despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence.
The lawsuit is seeking $100 million in damages.
Ryan Ferguson's attorneys filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, on Monday, accusing eight current and former Columbia Police officers; former Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane and two investigators; the city of Columbia and Boone County of violating Ferguson's civil rights by building a murder case against him despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence.
Josh Kezer, who was released in 2009 after being convicted in the murder of a southeast Missouri college student, will testify at a judiciary committee hearing. Ryan Ferguson's father, Bill, also will appear.
Ryan Ferguson, his parents and his girlfriend will talk about the month since Ferguson's release from prison after an appeals court vacated his murder conviction.
A miscommunication between student reporters and Columbia Public Schools officials about whether Ryan Ferguson, just released from prison, could be interviewed on campus led to a two-hour meeting between the two camps Friday.
Supporters continue to donate to the Ferguson family, who has spent the past eight years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in an effort to free Ryan Ferguson.
Josh Kezer, who spent 16 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, said what the community needs to do is treat Ryan Ferguson, who was freed on Tuesday, like an ordinary person.
When the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District vacated Ferguson's 2005 convictions, it left the door open for him to face charges again if prosecutors decided they had the evidence to go forward.
Ryan Ferguson was released from prison Tuesday after serving almost eight years of a 40-year sentence in the 2001 slaying of Kent Heitholt. Columbia police issued a statement Wednesday morning saying that any new leads would be pursued by investigators.
The Missourian features a collection of live reporting leading up to and during Ryan Ferguson's news conference about his release from prison.
Ryan Ferguson was released from custody Tuesday after the Missouri attorney general's office announced it would not pursue action against him.
Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight said his office had a conflict of interest with the case. Knight was the assistant prosecuting attorney during Ferguon's trial, according to Missouri Case.net.
If a conviction is vacated, is it also overturned? This week's announcement by the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District gave the Missourian a chance to review legal terminology.
More than 12 years after Kent Heitholt's death, the man originally convicted in his slaying may soon be released from prison. On Tuesday, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District overturned Ryan Ferguson's 2005 murder conviction.
Nina Johnson, former librarian at the Columbia Daily Tribune and current librarian at the Missourian, recalls a series of events following the slaying of Kent Heitholt.
The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District vacated Ferguson's conviction based on a Brady violation, ruling that the prosecution failed to share vital information with his defense.
The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District vacated Ryan Ferguson's 2005 conviction for murder. Here's a timeline of the evolution of his case.
If the state decides it will try to keep Ryan Ferguson behind bars, Kathleen Zellner said she will be ready. "If (the prosecutors) want a battle, we're always up for a fight." Her record of legal victories suggests that's no empty boast.
The court wrote that Ferguson did not discover until after his appeal and post-conviction motions had failed that the prosecution had not disclosed key evidence to the defense. That opened the way for the appeals court to consider the significance of that evidence.