The attorney general's office requested another extension to review Ryan Ferguson's appeal. Ferguson was convicted for the 2001 murder of Kent Heitholt.
Charles Erickson's statement that he lied during Ryan Ferguson's murder trial and that Erickson alone killed Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt will be considered by the Western District Court of Appeals. The evidence won't have to go back to the Boone County Circuit Court.
Ryan Ferguson's new attorney has a quick reply to the state's position on the proper time to introduce new evidence like Charles Erickson's altered account of the slaying of Kent Heitholt.
The state's response to Ryan Ferguson's motion to remand filed Tuesday says Charles Erickson's new testimony cannot be introduced at this stage.
Matt Pearce's article about the road ahead for Ryan Ferguson misconstrues the importance of Chuck Erickson's recanting by focusing on whether Ferguson committed perjury or not. The bottom line is that Erickson lied multiple times to Ferguson's jury and the conviction cannot stand.
Ryan Ferguson's campaign for exoneration received a boost this week from Chuck Erickson's sworn statement saying he acted alone in a 2001 murder. But for Ferguson, the path ahead could be complicated.
In the spring, ColumbiaMissourian.com will start using a different technology so that when a big story breaks, like it did Monday with the Ryan Ferguson case, the Web site will keep up with demand.
After Chuck Erickson testified that Ryan Ferguson strangled Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt to death in 2005, Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Now, Erickson says he acted alone in the murder. Should Ferguson be given a new trial in light of this new testimony?
This 12-minute video deposition was taken on Nov. 22.
Erickson says Ryan Ferguson "had no idea that I would act in such an aggressive manner. … He could not stop me, though he tried at the end.”
Ferguson has been in prison for four years serving a sentence of 40 years for murder.
Erickson's statement became public Monday as part of a motion filed by Ferguson's lawyer.
Chuck Erickson's recanted testimony in the Ryan Ferguson murder case has prompted more questions than answers.
Chuck Erickson, previous witness in Columbia Daily Tribue sports editor murder, claims sole responsibility for death.
Ryan Ferguson's father contacted attorney Kathleen Zellner, who will have a movie made about her, to be his son's lawyer in November 2009. Now, the key witness against Ferguson has recanted his testimony.
Public defender Valerie Leftwich said she wasn't sure what approach she would take to appealing Monday's ruling, which denied Ryan Ferguson a new trial.
Ferguson was previously convicted in the murder of Columbia Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.
For five years, Bill Ferguson has been fighting for his son's freedom. Ryan Ferguson was convicted in 2005 in the murder of Kent Heitholt, the sports editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune.
The Missouri Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal by Ryan Ferguson that said allowing potential jurors to opt out of jury duty by performing six hours of community service prevented him from having a jury composed of a random cross-section of the population.
The Missouri Supreme Court has not decided whether to hear an appeal filed by Ryan Ferguson's attorney in connection witih the killing of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. The appeal says Ferguson did not get a representative jury for his 2005 murder trial.
Missouri Western District Court of Appeals declines to hear one of Ryan Ferguson's appeals of his 2005 second-degree murder and first-degree robbery convictions.
Ryan Ferguson, who was convicted of murder in the death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt in 2001, has filed a new appeal in the Western District Court of Appeals. Ferguson's counsel says the jury was chosen unfairly because of an opt-out clause that allowed potential jury members the chance to do community service instead of going to court for the jury selection process.