After being postponed for nearly six months, testimony began Monday in Ryan Ferguson’s evidentiary hearing for a new trial after his 2005 conviction in the 2001 killing of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.
An overview of major events in the Ryan Ferguson case. He was convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the death of Kent Heitholt in 2001.
The Columbia man hopes new evidence and the help of a lawyer who has helped gain the freedom of several men convicted of murder in Illinois will help prove his innocence, but he will not take the stand in his own defense.
Charles "Chuck" Erickson said his memory of the night Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt was killed came to him in dreams two years after the killing. But is it possible for a person to reliably recover a memory after not remembering it for that long a time?
Lack of evidence such as fingerprints, DNA, or murder weapon is keeping Ryan Ferguson behind bars.
Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green said the court will hear new evidence from the defense of Ryan Ferguson in his latest legal effort to to get a new trial. Ferguson was convicted in 2005 in the killing of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt.
Ryan Ferguson's case continues to draw national attention with a "Dateline NBC" episode set to air Friday night, but his progress toward a new trial is indiscernible.
Part of Ferguson's latest appeal for release from prison or a new trial was dismissed Friday by Judge Daniel Green.
If Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green deems the jury selection process to have been unconstitutional, a new trial could automatically be granted.
Two key witnesses who testified against Ferguson in 2005 are now saying they lied.
Charles Erickson got a new attorney after Kathleen Zellner made a motion to drop him as a client. It was a preemptive move on Zellner's part in order to avoid a conflict of interest with co-defendant, Ryan Ferguson.
Ryan Ferguson, found guilty in 2004 of killing Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt, could be granted a new evidentiary hearing by the end of June.
In its response to a writ of habeas corpus filed by Ryan Ferguson's attorney, the attorney general's office finds that none of the four grounds cited in the petition to free Ferguson rise to a level worthy of the writ.
Crews from the shows are in Columbia this week to film about new developments in Ryan Ferguson's case.
False witness testimony, new evidence and an unlawful jury selection were key points in a habeas corpus petition filed Monday, which seeks a new trial or freedom for Ferguson.
Ferguson's father said the decision was no surprise and will allow Ferguson's legal team to file a habeas corpus petition in which he can present new evidence not available during the first trial.
If the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District does not rehear Ferguson's appeal, his lawyer asks that the case be sent to the Missouri Supreme Court.
The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District on Tuesday denied a request by Ryan Ferguson to seek a new trial. Ferguson was convicted in the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.
A court of appeals granted Ryan Ferguson's request to ask for a new hearing so he can request a new trial. Ferguson was convicted of the 2001 slaying of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.
The Missouri Attorney General's Office filed another brief arguing against a new trial for Ryan Ferguson.