kent heitholt http://kbia.org en Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-hires-lawyers-civil-rights-case <p><span style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 1.5;">Boone County has hired four attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:17:37 +0000 Associated Press 51500 at http://kbia.org Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case CPD to continue looking for leads in Heitholt murder http://kbia.org/post/cpd-continue-looking-leads-heitholt-murder <p>Police say they will look into any new leads in the 2001 slaying of a newspaper sports editor after one of the men originally convicted had his case overturned and was freed.</p><p>The Columbia Police Department issued a written statement Wednesday saying it respects an appeals court decision that reversed the murder and robbery convictions of Ryan Ferguson in the killing of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.</p><p>The police department says it will follow up on any new information that is brought to its attention.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:00:28 +0000 Associated Press 43725 at http://kbia.org CPD to continue looking for leads in Heitholt murder Ryan Ferguson's murder conviction vacated http://kbia.org/post/ryan-fergusons-murder-conviction-vacated <p>The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District announced Tuesday it is granting Ryan Ferguson habeas corpus relief, effectively vacating his conviction in the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt.</p><p>According to the court statement <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=67260">(full .pdf here)</a>, Ferguson is to be released from prison in 30 days unless the state appeals or expresses its intent to re-try Ferguson. Ferguson is serving a 40-year sentence.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:55:11 +0000 Ryan Famuliner & Staff 43274 at http://kbia.org Ryan Ferguson's murder conviction vacated Documentary to focus on man convicted Mo. killer http://kbia.org/post/documentary-focus-man-convicted-mo-killer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plight of a Missouri man convicted of killing a newspaper sports editor soon will be the focus of a documentary film as he continues his battle for freedom.</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:44:27 +0000 Associated Press 32837 at http://kbia.org Ferguson family starts billboard campaign http://kbia.org/post/ferguson-family-starts-billboard-campaign <p>Ryan Ferguson’s family started a billboard campaign Monday, encouraging the public to provide information about a composite image of a man possibly linked to the 2001 murder of Columbia Tribune editor Kent Heitholt. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 23:41:17 +0000 Maoling Xiong 25041 at http://kbia.org Ferguson family starts billboard campaign Ex-prosecutor denies telling witnesses what to say http://kbia.org/post/ex-prosecutor-denies-telling-witnesses-what-say <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A Missouri judge denies telling witnesses what they needed to say when he was a prosecutor pursuing a conviction in the 2001 murder of a newspaper editor.</p><p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:38:53 +0000 Associated Press 12699 at http://kbia.org Ex-prosecutor denies telling witnesses what to say Newscast for April 17, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-april-17-2012-0 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA news room, including:</p><ul><li><p>More skepticism in the Ryan Ferguson murder trial -- this time from a forensic expert.</p></li><li><p>A Columbia hotel group supports a tax hike that would improve the Columbia Regional Airport.</p></li><li><p>A bill that would outlaw undercover activism.</p></li></ul> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 22:15:23 +0000 Chris McDaniel 12572 at http://kbia.org Newscast for April 17, 2012 Forensic expert questions motive in Heitholt death http://kbia.org/post/forensic-expert-questions-motive-heitholt-death <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">An expert witness hired by convicted murderer Ryan Ferguson is questioning a police theory that former Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent </span>Heitholt<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; "> was killed during an attempted robbery.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:43:24 +0000 Associated Press 12551 at http://kbia.org Witnesses raise more questions about Heitholt death http://kbia.org/post/witnesses-raise-more-questions-about-heitholt-death <p>Two more witnesses are raising questions about evidence that helped convict a Missouri man in the 2001 death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:00:58 +0000 Associated Press 12533 at http://kbia.org Newscast for April 17, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-april-17-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:</p><ul><li>Day one of a hearing reexamining Kent Heitholt murder evidence</li><li>Columbia ranked as hardest working city in U.S.</li><li>Missouri public office candidates file quarterly finance reports.</li></ul> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:31:04 +0000 Scott Kanowsky 12530 at http://kbia.org Hearing to review new Ferguson murder trial evidence http://kbia.org/post/hearing-review-new-ferguson-murder-trial-evidence <p>A Columbia man convicted nearly seven years ago for killing a newspaper sports editor in 2001 returns to court Monday in his latest bid for a new trial. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:27:43 +0000 Associated Press 12463 at http://kbia.org Newscast for April 16, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-april-16-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:</p><ul><li>A hearing reviewing new evidence from the Kent Heitholt murder trial starts Monday.</li><li>Severe weekend storms batter Oklahoma and other plains states.</li><li>Less than one-half of one percent of Missouri voters showed up for the last GOP caucuses.</li></ul> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:25:07 +0000 Scott Kanowsky 12462 at http://kbia.org Newscast for April 16, 2012 Newscast for April 12, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-april-12-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:</p><ul><li>Ryan Ferguson to appear in court next week</li><li>Reasons behind the deaths of thousands of fish in Columbia remain elusive</li><li>A Missouri woman wins thousands from lottery&nbsp;</li></ul> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:49:52 +0000 Scott Kanowsky 12305 at http://kbia.org Newscast for April 12, 2012