Ferguson Not Eligible for Compensation for Time Served

2 years ago November 13, 2013 Nov 13, 2013 Wednesday, November 13 2013 Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2:41:15 PM CST in News
By: Nick Chabarria, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Ryan Ferguson does not meet eligibility requirements to receive compensation from the state for his time spent in prison.

According to the Missouri wrongful conviction compensation statute, those eligible must have DNA evidence presented after their original trial in their favor in order to receive financial reimbursement from the state.

The Missouri Court of Appeals released Ferguson after the legitimacy of his initial murder trial came into question. Investigators found the prosecutor withheld evidence from the defense during the 2005 trial.

At this point, Ferguson's only option is to take legal action against parties involved in his wrongful conviction.

"He would have to bring a lawsuit against the prosecutor, Mr. Crane, and or his investigator, and or the police if they were somehow involved in the failure to disclose or turn in evidence," said University of Missouri law professor Rodney Uphoff. "He might also join [include] the city of Columbia or Boone County."

Uphoff, who specializes in exonerations, said in the past, cases similar to Ferguson's have resulted in multi-million dollar settlements.

"Often times, it's unfortunately the taxpayers who end up paying for the misconduct of the police, prosecutors, or someone else in the system."

If Ferguson was eligible for state compensation, he would have been awarded $50 per day of post-conviction confinement. Using the date October 24, 2005, when Ferguson was convicted, he would have received $147,050 until his release Tuesday.

Ferguson's lawyer was unavailable for comment Wednesday about potential further action they could take.

KOMU 8 news reached out to the Ferguson family Wednesday, but they said they were in Florida and could not talk on camera.

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 35-year-old man accused of being involved in a 2014 home invasion that led to a... More >>
40 minutes ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 5:06:26 AM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department battled an early morning blaze Tuesday. Captain Lisa Todd said crews received a... More >>
1 hour ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 4:32:04 AM CST in Continuous News
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a fire outside of Hallsville Monday night. It happened... More >>
6 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 11:38:22 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Republican-led Missouri Senate for the first time in years debated a bill to repeal the... More >>
9 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 8:37:24 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Emerging Issues Committee heard a bill on Monday that would establish statewide regulations for "transportation network... More >>
13 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 4:07:03 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - In light of International Epilepsy Day, MU Healthcare announced the expanded Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at Women's and... More >>
9 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 7:48:31 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Eighth graders at the Columbia Independent School (CIS) on North Stadium Boulevard have been studying weather related data... More >>
10 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 7:46:17 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The MU Asian American Association celebrated the Chinese New Year on campus Monday. According to the lunisolar Chinese... More >>
10 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 7:30:17 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY – Disaster survivors will receive $29.2 million grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individuals and Households Program.... More >>
11 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 5:52:09 PM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis utility company is pushing back on the federal government's plan to cut carbon... More >>
12 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 5:18:19 PM CST in Continuous News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – 21-year-old Harley Walls was arrested in St. Peters when he was located in possession of one vehicle... More >>
12 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 4:53:32 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Two proposals aimed at requiring Missourians to show photo ID before voting are heading to the... More >>
13 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 4:22:37 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSM) held its first time event last Monday to address Thomas Hart... More >>
1 week ago January 29, 2016 Jan 29, 2016 Friday, January 29 2016 Friday, January 29, 2016 7:20:03 PM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man convicted of a 1994 homicide in St. Louis is planning to appeal his case... More >>
13 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:59:58 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - A proposed bill in the Missouri House would require all schools supported by public funds to recite... More >>
13 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:47:04 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The downtown community improvement district (CID) is ready to start the first phase of The Gateways project. ... More >>
14 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:32:43 PM CST in Continuous News
FERGUSON (AP) — New estimates show Ferguson's cost of implementing reforms spelled out in a consent agreement with the U.S.... More >>
14 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:27:45 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - In a letter to faculty and staff on Monday, MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said Daniel Clay, dean... More >>
14 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:23:30 PM CST in Continuous News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 18°
6am 18°
7am 17°
8am 17°
9am 18°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00 am
KOMU 8 News Today
6:00 am
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00 am
Today
5:30 am
Paid Program
6:00 am
Are We There Yet?
6:30 am
Are We There Yet?

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pm
Hollywood Game Night
8:00 pm
Chicago Med
9:00 pm
Chicago Fire
7:00 pm
The Flash
8:00 pm
iZombie
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pm
Seinfeld