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Ryan Ferguson

TIMELINE: The evolution of the Ryan Ferguson case

Ryan Ferguson was denied his petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Here's a timeline of the evolution of his case.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Ryan Ferguson's evidentiary hearing; Gary Pinkel separates from wife

Last week's most-read stories mostly revolved around Ryan Ferguson's evidentiary hearing, which included recanted testimony from two witnesses, Columbia Tribune janitor Jerry Trump and Charles "Chuck" Erickson.

UPDATE: Former prosecutor, investigator question some of week's testimony in Ferguson hearing

The defense rested after testimony from its three final witnesses, including Michael Boyd, who is the person known to have spoken to Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt last before his death.

Weapon used in Heitholt killing questioned in Ferguson hearing

Witness testimony in the Ryan Ferguson hearing continued Tuesday morning with forensic pathologist Larry Blum.

UPDATE: At Ryan Ferguson hearing, witnesses challenge police questioning

Testimony began Monday in the evidentiary hearing for Ryan Ferguson, which will determine whether he will be granted a new trial to challenge his 2005 murder conviction.

Ferguson evidentiary hearing to focus on recanted testimonies

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.

A timeline of events in the Ryan Ferguson case

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.

UPDATE: Ryan Ferguson won't testify in evidentiary hearing next week

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.

In testimony in Ryan Ferguson case, a question of memory

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?

GEORGE KENNEDY: Fragile evidence is keeping Ryan Ferguson in prison

Lack of evidence such as fingerprints, DNA, or murder weapon is keeping Ryan Ferguson behind bars.

Ryan Ferguson gets October hearing for new evidence in murder case

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 case stays in spotlight despite setbacks in court

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.

Cole County judge dismisses claim in Ryan Ferguson's latest appeal

Part of Ferguson's latest appeal for release from prison or a new trial was dismissed Friday by Judge Daniel Green.

Jury 'opt out' policy could be key to new Ferguson trial

If Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green deems the jury selection process to have been unconstitutional, a new trial could automatically be granted.

Cole County judge could grant new hearing for Ryan Ferguson

Two key witnesses who testified against Ferguson in 2005 are now saying they lied.

Erickson gets new attorney after lawyer moves to drop him as client

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.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Ryan Ferguson be granted a new evidentiary hearing?

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.

Erickson recantation lacks credibility, attorney general response says

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.

'Dateline,' '48 Hours' in Columbia revisiting Ryan Ferguson case

Crews from the shows are in Columbia this week to film about new developments in Ryan Ferguson's case.

Habeas corpus petition filed in Ryan Ferguson 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.

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