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.
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.