Conviction of Ryan Ferguson overturned by appeals court

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(KTVI) - A Missouri appeals court has overturned the conviction of  29-year-old Ryan Ferguson. He was convicted in the 2001 strangulation death of a Jefferson City newspaper sports editor named Kent Heitholt.  Ferguson was convicted in 2005 and received a 40-year sentence.  But, there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch it's not clear if the state will seek to retry Ryan Ferguson after Tuesday's ruling.

Court documents say, "Writ of Habeas Corpus is issued. Ferguson's convictions are vacatedand Ferguson is ordered discharged from the custody of the department of corrections unless the State elects to retry him."

Read the full Missouri Appellate Court Opinion Summary here.

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  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Wow, this guy must have some money! It’s what the American justice system is based on. So superior and all to other nations, right?


      ByeBye is right!! So sad, money effects all lives daily, even more sad how it effects our justice system.

  • Pablo Intone

    I don’t agree. Oj Simpson got off for murder, but Mike Tyson was sentenced to 6 years in prison. We’d all agree Mike Tyson had more money than OJ Simpson.

  • Peggy Mayer

    His conviction was overturned due to facts!!! He is innocent!! I hope the janitor(jerry trump) who committed perjury by lying under oath gets to spend the next 9 years of his life in prison!!!

  • jg

    He doesn’t have money. What he did have was top notch pro bono legal representation for his habeas appeals. Also, he had the facts and innocence on his side. He’s hardly lucky though, he was railroaded and served 9.5 years for a crime had nothing to do with.

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