Ferguson Pushes Forward with Appeals Process

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago March 08, 2013 Mar 8, 2013 Friday, March 08 2013 Friday, March 08, 2013 2:42:00 PM CST in News
By: Danielle McCarthy

COLUMBIA - Bill Ferguson, the father of convicted murderer Ryan Ferguson, said Friday he is pushing forward with the appeals process for a new trial despite a statement from Attorney General Chris Koster this week saying he wants Ferguson's latest appeal to be denied.

Bill Ferguson, issued the petition for habeas corpus on Jan. 30 in hopes of getting his son a new trial for the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt. He said his petition claimed there had been several errors in Ferguson's 2005 trial, including the jury selection process and two witness recantations that have happened since then.

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals agreed to hear the appeal, but on Tuesday Koster wrote a suggestion to the court asking it to deny the petition. In Koster's suggestion, he wrote that the Cole County Circuit Court found that there is no new evidence in the case after an evidentiary hearing in April 2012.

But Bill Ferguson said he and his son are staying positive. He said he expects the court of appeals will review the case and set a hearing for this summer, despite Koster's suggestion.

On the Free Ryan Ferguson Facebook page, Bill Ferguson and the others who run the site posted this response to Koster's statement: "We fully expected this response and the petition will now go to a panel of two judges who will decide whether to proceed with the case. As always we will keep fighting for justice for Ryan."

As of Friday afternoon, the post had garnered about 600 comments. Many of the comments were from people saying they planned on writing to Koster asking him to reverse his suggestion.

Ferguson said he isn't encouraging people to do that, but appreciates any effort to free his son.

Koster's press secretary, Nanci Gonder, said she was not sure if Koster would respond to the planned emails, letters and messages from the commenters.

The Jan. 30 petition comes after Oct. 31, 2012 when a Cole County judge denied Ryan Ferguson's request for a new trial. Ryan Ferguson is currently in the Jefferson City Correctional Center serving his 40-year sentence for the 2001 murder.

Bill Ferguson said he has spent around $200,000 on his son's appeal, including the billboards he put up in November 2012 asking for information about the case, and offering a reward for new information that could help Ryan Ferguson's appeal.

 

More News

Grid
List
MEXICO - The Mexico Department of Public Safety is investigating a report of gunshots fired in the area of the... More >>
52 minutes ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:47:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Congress is considering whether to add parts of a Missouri town near the Mississippi River... More >>
1 hour ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:25:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department is looking for someone who vandalized the Boone County Courthouse. The suspect... More >>
1 hour ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:14:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to... More >>
1 hour ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:07:00 AM CDT in News
COOPER COUNTY - A Boonville man was taken into custody on Sunday and accused of threatening to kill a woman... More >>
1 hour ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:56:00 AM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY - A Boone County Jail inmate could be facing additional charges in an assault on several correction officers... More >>
3 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:32:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Drivers were urged take extra caution on Forum Boulevard starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Forum Boulevard was... More >>
3 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:11:57 AM CDT in Continuous News
FULTON - The opening of a new walk-in health clinic in Fulton Tuesday now provides those in that part of... More >>
3 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:05:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - We all get sad. It’s normal. We lose a loved one or a relationship ends. We lose a... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:10:00 AM CDT in News
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A former financial comptroller for a North Kansas City company has been sentenced to two years... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 8:04:18 AM CDT in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A 27-year-old southeast Missouri man is charged with second-degree murder and several other felonies in... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:56:21 AM CDT in News
FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — Protesters in the St. Louis suburb of Florissant are questioning the legality of a city ban... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:48:00 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City's fledgling streetcar operation is running again experiencing its first major glitch. The... More >>
5 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:32:47 AM CDT in News
COPLEY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have identified a Missouri woman who was killed over the weekend during an early morning... More >>
8 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4:18:25 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Hundreds of bikers made the trek through mid-Missouri Monday on their way to Washington D.C. The riders are... More >>
16 hours ago May 23, 2016 May 23, 2016 Monday, May 23 2016 Monday, May 23, 2016 8:11:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Several people said they received phone calls Monday from an imposter pretending to be Boone County Sheriff Dwayne... More >>
18 hours ago May 23, 2016 May 23, 2016 Monday, May 23 2016 Monday, May 23, 2016 6:30:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia firefighters practiced techniques in searching and removing victims from burning buildings on Monday at the Sigma Nu... More >>
18 hours ago May 23, 2016 May 23, 2016 Monday, May 23 2016 Monday, May 23, 2016 5:50:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Republican State Committee is backing closed primaries. Members during the state GOP... More >>
18 hours ago May 23, 2016 May 23, 2016 Monday, May 23 2016 Monday, May 23, 2016 5:45:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 70°
1pm 77°
2pm 78°
3pm 82°
4pm 82°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:30p
Access Hollywood
1:00p
Days of Our Lives
2:00p
The Meredith Vieira Show
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Rules of Engagement

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
The Voice
7:00p
The Flash
8:02p
Containment
9:01p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld