Ferguson Takes the Stand

1 decade 10 months 4 days ago October 24, 2005 Oct 24, 2005 Monday, October 24 2005 Monday, October 24, 2005 1:25:03 PM CDT in News

Emotions ran high as Ferguson testified he had nothing to do with Heitholt's murder.

"They told me that I was being arrested for homicide...I knew I had never really hurt anyone so I wasn't too worried about it."

Ryan Ferguson says he had no idea why he was picked up by police.

"I had tests take the next day so I was really worried about taking those."

He never took those tests and spent the last year and a half in jail.  The whole case revolves around the night of October 1, 2001.

"I've been in jail because of that night."

Chuck Erickson, a former friend of Ferguson, says they killed Heitholt together at about 2:00 a.m.  But Ferguson says Erickson made it all up.

"He asked me if he had done anything involved in this crime of Mr. Hietholt and I told him no he hadn't," said Furguson.  "He was like are you sure I think I did something to this man.  I was like I don't know.  Not with me.  I can't tell you anything about it. 'Sounds pretty weird."

The prosecution grilled Ferguson, but he says he only knew about the murder through the news.

"Read, TV, I don't know how I heard about it."

Friday the defense plans to call it's last witness, a psychiatrist who specializes in repressed memories.  The trial resumes at 8:30 in the morning on Friday.

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