Posted: Apr 18, 2012 12:46 PM by Jessica Smith and Kylie McGivern
Updated: Apr 18, 2012 10:54 PM
COLE COUNTY — After a lunch break, the prosecution began cross-examining Chuck Erickson in the third day of Ryan Ferguson's evidentiary hearing.
In an emotional ending to the defense's questioning, Erickson said he does not at all remember murdering Kent Heitholt and has continued to lie since the case began.
"I know what's been said on both sides. I'm not very optimistic. I'm possibly facing the rest of my life in prison...Maybe that's what I deserve for lying," said Erickson.
The prosecution asked Kent Heitholt's daughter, Kali Heitholt, to stand in the courtroom, and asked Erickson if he recognized her.
Erickson said he did not know her. The prosecution pointed out that she and Erickson had written letters while he was in prison, starting in 2006.
In the letter from 2006, Erickson writes, "I too, was mad the judge didn't let me apologize at the sentencing...I will never be able to comprehend the pain I've caused you...I'm sorry for the pain I've caused you, your family, and everyone else...I want you to know I'm going to do my best to be a good person."
Erickson insists that he was trying to give the Heitholt's family closure. He said he did not even know at the time if he murdered Heitholt, but wanted to apologize if he did commit the murder.
The prosecution questioned Erickson about his sincerity in writing to Heitholt and asked him why he would lie to Heitholt's daughter.
"I've had to lie to everybody...I've had to lie to my parents...if I lied, I break my plea bargain," said Erickson.
Erickson began to get flustered and passionate on the stand.
"You told Kali you did it, Ryan did it, and you were guilty of it," the prosecution pressed.
"A lot of people may think I'm garbage and that may be true, but I'm just trying to do the right thing now.
Erickson continued to say that he is trying to do the right thing and Ferguson emphatically nodded his head.