Posted: Nov 05, 2013 02:31 PM CST
Updated: Aug 23, 2016 03:12 AM CDT
Ryan Ferguson was convicted in 2005 of the Halloween 2001 night murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.
Charles Erickson was also charged for robbing and killing Kent Heitholt. Erickson accepted a plea deal and testified that he and Ferguson committed the crime together for drinking money. He later recanted his testimony.
Jerry Trump was a former janitor at the Columbia Daily Tribune. He placed Ferguson at the murder scene. However, in 2012, Trump said he gave false testimony when he identified Ferguson at Heitholt's car.
Judge Kevin Crane was the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney handling the Ferguson case. Ferguson's attorneys have alleged misconduct by Crane and Columbia police.
Leslie and Bill Ferguson have constantly claimed their son, Ryan, is innocent. They start FreeRyanFerguson.com and did a road trip with a specialized "Free Ryan Ferguson" vehicle.