More than 12 years after Kent Heitholt's death, the man originally convicted in his slaying may soon be released from prison. On Tuesday, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District overturned Ryan Ferguson's 2005 murder conviction.
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.
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.
Anthony Michael Sada, 26, of Brookfield turned himself in to the Columbia Police Department in relation to a sexual misconduct in Cosmo-Bethel Park that was reported Sept. 10.
A Monday-morning car chase ended after the car crashed and the occupants fled on foot. Four people were arrested in connection with the incident.
Gary Dennis Foster took seven pornographic pictures of a minor and pleaded guilty to statutory sodomy and the sexual exploitation of a minor on Monday.
Ty'Ihonn Riley of Columbia has 24 charges leveled against him concerning burglary, stealing, possession of a firearm and more. He is being held in Boone County Jail on a $316,000 bond.
The federal government will launch an investigation following an NAACP official's complaint over the decision not to prosecute Brandon Coleman's shooter.
According to the probable cause statement, the suspect forced his way into a house on Vandiver Drive early Tuesday and attempted to sexually assault a woman.
Numbers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol show that robberies, burglaries, shots fired and assaults — including those in which a person was shot — have all decreased in 2013. Homicides have increased, however.
The three suspects were arrested after a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper noticed their vehicle driving unusually slowly on Range Line Street with stolen plates.
Two teenagers were hospitalized early Sunday after a shooting near Stadium Boulevard and Bernadette Drive. Police did not have a suspect description as of Sunday morning.
The police are continuing to search for a suspect after a woman reported being sexually assaulted at her residence on the 1000 block of Locust Street.
The $227,000 Lenco BearCat will be used by Columbia's SWAT team.
Boone County Chief Prosecutor Dan Knight decided that shooter Dustin Deacon was "legally justified" in shooting Brandon Coleman under Missouri self-defense laws because he thought his father's life was in danger.
Last week's two-day lockdown in the Hallsville School District was prompted by the release of a man who police said had threatened to shoot students at a local school.
Investigators found more than 1,200 photographs of child pornography and about 20 videos of children engaged in sexual conduct, according to a news release from the task force.
An 87-year-old Columbia woman pleaded guilty to charges of careless and imprudent driving and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident in connection with a hit-and-run last November that seriously injured an MU professor.
A Jefferson City woman pulled over her car on Old 63 and attacked two passengers with scissors following a dispute about bingo winnings, Ashland Police Chief Lyn Woolford said.
The Columbia Police Department made 25 arrests during a saturation effort on Thursday and Friday. Ten people were arrested on suspicion of felonies.