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A Missouri judge has refused to grant a new trial for a Columbia man convicted of second-degree murder in the 2001 killing of a newspaper sports editor.
Ryan Ferguson was one of two teenagers accused in the beating and strangulation of Kent Heithold outside the Columbia Daily Tribune early on the morning of Nov. 1, 2001.
Ryan’s father Bill Ferguson has been spearheading the effort to prove his son’s innocence.
“I am just devastated,” said Bill Ferguson.
He says he hadn’t heard the news until KBIA reached him for comment.
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Charles Erickson testified today that he believes Ryan Ferguson is innocent of the murder for which they are both in prison. Erickson originally implicated himself and Ferguson, but now says he has no firm memory of what happened that night.
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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.
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.
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.