The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District has vacated the conviction of Ryan Ferguson in a 2001 felony murder case of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. Ferguson and his attorneys argued that newly discovered evidence showed he was innocent and claimed that his due process rights were violated, depriving him of a fair trial.
The conviction was overturned and Ferguson was ordered discharged from custody, unless the state chooses to retry him. Ferguson was convicted on the testimony of Charles Erikson in the 2001 murder of
Plus, more details on the murder of Missouri Southern football coach Derek Moore on this Missourinet Mornings update from Bill Pollock. Check back for the latest on both cases as details become available.