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Crime
3:17 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case

Ryan Ferguson filed a civil rights suit earlier this month against Boone County, a former prosecuting attorney and the two investigators.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

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.

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Crime
4:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

CPD to continue looking for leads in Heitholt murder

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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.

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.

The police department says it will follow up on any new information that is brought to its attention.

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Crime
9:55 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Ryan Ferguson's murder conviction vacated

Ryan Ferguson (file photo)
August Kryker Columbia Tribune

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.

According to the court statement (full .pdf here), 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.

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Crime
9:44 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Documentary to focus on man convicted Mo. killer

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.

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Crime
5:41 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Ferguson family starts billboard campaign

. The Ferguson family started billboard campaign Monday and the composite image is a newer version of the pervious composite produced by Columbia police based on the information from an eye witness.
Maoling Xiong KBIA

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.

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Ryan Ferguson Hearing
4:38 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Ex-prosecutor denies telling witnesses what to say

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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.

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PM Newscasts
5:15 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Newscast for April 17, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA news room, including:

  • More skepticism in the Ryan Ferguson murder trial -- this time from a forensic expert.

  • A Columbia hotel group supports a tax hike that would improve the Columbia Regional Airport.

  • A bill that would outlaw undercover activism.

Crime
2:43 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Forensic expert questions motive in Heitholt death

An expert witness hired by convicted murderer Ryan Ferguson is questioning a police theory that former Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt was killed during an attempted robbery.

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Crime
9:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Witnesses raise more questions about Heitholt death

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.

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AM Newscasts
8:31 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Newscast for April 17, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Day one of a hearing reexamining Kent Heitholt murder evidence
  • Columbia ranked as hardest working city in U.S.
  • Missouri public office candidates file quarterly finance reports.
Crime
8:27 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Hearing to review new Ferguson murder trial evidence

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.

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AM Newscasts
8:25 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Newscast for April 16, 2012

After legislative infighting between Missouri lawmakers, the state's GOP caucus only brought out a miniscule portion of the vote.
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • A hearing reviewing new evidence from the Kent Heitholt murder trial starts Monday.
  • Severe weekend storms batter Oklahoma and other plains states.
  • Less than one-half of one percent of Missouri voters showed up for the last GOP caucuses.
AM Newscasts
8:49 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Newscast for April 12, 2012

Missouri House members approved a measure rewriting a bill requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls.
File Photo KBIA

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Ryan Ferguson to appear in court next week
  • Reasons behind the deaths of thousands of fish in Columbia remain elusive
  • A Missouri woman wins thousands from lottery