Ryan Ferguson's Attorney Says "Complaint Speaks For Itself"
COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 News reached out to some of the defendants Tuesday named in the civil law suit filed by Ryan Ferguson's attorney, Kathleen Zellner. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the lawsuit states Ferguson will pursue $75 million in compensatory and actual damages and $25 million in punitive damages and demands a trial by jury in relation to all issues stated in the lawsuit.
In 2005, Ferguson was convicted of murdering Columbia Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. Ferguson was released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center in November 2013 after nearly a decade behind bars. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
The lawsuit cites nine separate counts against 13 defendants - eight former and current Columbia Police officers, three current or former members of the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Boone County, and the City of Columbia.
According to Missouri's wrongful conviction compensation statue, Ferguson doesn't meet the requirements for reimbursement. Zellner refused to comment, but did tell her staff to pass along that "the complaint speaks for itself."
Former Boone County prosecuting attorney Kevin Crane said he stands by what he said in his previous testimony and would do it again if needed.