Ryan Ferguson conviction vacated
The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District vacated Ryan Ferguson's 2005 conviction for murder. Here's a timeline of the evolution of his case.
If the state decides it will try to keep Ryan Ferguson behind bars, Kathleen Zellner said she will be ready. "If (the prosecutors) want a battle, we're always up for a fight." Her record of legal victories suggests that's no empty boast.
The court wrote that Ferguson did not discover until after his appeal and post-conviction motions had failed that the prosecution had not disclosed key evidence to the defense. That opened the way for the appeals court to consider the significance of that evidence.
As Ryan Ferguson's story is being told once again, here's a guide to some of the key people who have been connected to the case.
Kent Heitholt was killed in the parking lot of the Columbia Daily Tribune in 2001. Ryan Ferguson has been serving a 40-year sentence for second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in Heitholt's death.
The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District granted Ryan Ferguson's request to vacate his 2005 conviction for the murder of Kent Heitholt.
Local, state and national news organizations covered the breaking news of Ryan Ferguson's vacated conviction. Many also posted and updated stories throughout the day.
Follow the news conference with the family of Ryan Ferguson here.
The state's failure to disclose evidence that would have cast doubt on crucial eyewitness testimony is central to the decision by the Western District Court of Appeals.