County adds $240K to defend Ferguson lawsuit

3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, August 31 2014 Aug 31, 2014 Sunday, August 31, 2014 4:10:20 PM CDT August 31, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) - Boone County could spend nearly $450,000 by the end of the year to defend itself and county employees in a lawsuit filed by a man whose murder conviction was vacated.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that county commissioners are set to take action Tuesday on a proposed $240,000 budget revision. The lawsuit already has resulted in two other budget revisions that totaled $100,000 each.

The legal fees are the result of a lawsuit filed by Ryan Ferguson. Ferguson was convicted in 2005 of killing Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. Last year, a state appeals court panel ruled prosecutors had withheld evidence from his attorneys and that he didn't get a fair trial

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