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According to a press release issued Friday afternoon by Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight, Assistant Missouri Attorney General Susan Boresi has been appointed as a special prosecutor in the Ryan Ferguson case.

Knight’s office had to request permission from a circuit court to bring in a special prosecutor, and the request was granted. In the request, Knight wrote that the appointment was needed because his office had a conflict of interest in the case because of current and former employees.

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The FBI will investigate the shooting of a young black man in Columbia after the local prosecutor declined to press charges.

Twenty-five-year-old Brandon Coleman, a groundskeeper at the University of Missouri, was shot to death by a white man May 19 after a confrontation in Columbia. Boone County prosecutor Dan Knight announced Wednesday that he wouldn't file charges, saying the shooting was "legally justified" under the state's self-defense laws. 

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A mid-Missouri prosecutor will not file charges against the man who shot and killed 25-year-old Brandon Coleman of Columbia, calling the shooting "legally justified."

Boone County prosecutor Dan Knight announced the decision Wednesday. He ruled that the shooter was justified in shooting Coleman under Missouri's self-defense laws.

A phone message left with Coleman's mother, Winona Coleman-Broadus, was not immediately returned. She told the Columbia Missourian she felt that racial prejudice played a role in the decision. The shooter is white and Coleman was black.

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The man who killed a fellow patient at Columbia’s Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in February has been found not guilty of murder.