A Cole County judge rejected the argument that his Lincoln Count jury was chosen improperly. Ryan Ferguson was convicted in 2oo5 of killing of Columbia sports editor Kent Heitholt.
Both Ryan Ferguson’s attorney and an assistant attorney general trod through uncharted legal territory Monday during a hearing in an appeal of Ferguson’s 2005 murder conviction.
One of Ryan Ferguson's appeals of his 2005 murder and robbery convictions is moving forward in Cole County. The appeal is based on the jury selection process used for his trial.
Ryan Ferguson’s attorney argued in court Tuesday that jury selection in Ferguson’s 2005 murder trial was improper and violated the defendant’s constitutional rights.
An expert in police interrogation testified for Ferguson in the morning. He said he doubted the validity of Charles “Chuck” Erickson’s confession, which first implicated Ferguson in the murder of Kent Heitholt.
Richard Leo, a law professor, testified that he believes Columbia police told Ferguson details of the murder that he should have already known.
The hearing to determine whether he will get a retrial will wrap up Friday.
A witness said Ferguson was not the man she saw the night of Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt’s murder.