Eric Hilt Answers Twitter, Facebook Questions on Ryan Ferguson

4 years 4 weeks 9 hours ago Wednesday, November 13 2013 Nov 13, 2013 Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:11:00 AM UTC November 13, 2013 in News
By: KOMU 8 Digital Staff

COLUMBIA  - While the release of Ryan Ferguson has prompted celebration from supporters around the nation, many people still have questions about the case.

The most common can be boiled down to three words: What happens next.

KOMU 8 News has been following the case closely since the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt through Ferguson's arrest, conviction and appeals.

Reporter Eric Hilt has been on the Ferguson beat since September and is answering viewer questions.

Many of the questions center on the legalities.

Ferguson Questions

Ferguson Questions

Ferguson Questions

Ferguson Questions

Reporter Eric Hilt answers:

The state could file charges against Ferguson again in the future. If more evidence comes up in the case that points at Ferguson, the state could refile charges without worrying about double jeopardy. However right now there is no indication of the state intending to refile those charges.

Other viewers want to know about possible compensation for Ferguson.

Ferguson Questions

Reporter Eric Hilt answers:

The typical amount paid to an person who was wrongfully imprisoned is $50 a day for every day he has been behind bars. If Ferguson is paid that, he will get about $180,000. He would also be able to sue the state for more money, however Missouri has no statute guaranteeing a wrongfully imprisoned person money from the state.

Some viewers have been asking about reaction from Kent Heitholt's family.

Ferguson Questions

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