8th Circuit hears Ryan Ferguson police misconduct appeal

2 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, September 21 2016 Sep 21, 2016 Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6:34:00 PM CDT September 21, 2016 in News
By: Felesha Lee & Kristen Elmore, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

COLUMBIA - The United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit heard the oral arguments of lawyers for the Columbia Police Department and Ryan Ferguson on Wednesday. Ferguson alleges the Columbia Police Department fabricated evidence in 2001 before Ferguson was found guilty in the murder of Kent Heitholt. Ferguson's sentence was vacated in 2013.

Ferguson said officers and detectives in his case caused his friend Charles Erickson to confess to the murder of Hietholt. Erikson is still in prison.

The Columbia Police Department said all claims against its officers should be dismissed because they have qualified immunity, which means the police do believe if there were any mistakes made during the investigation, they would not have changed the outcome of Ferguson's murder conviction.

Kathleen Zellner, Ferguson's lawyer, said in court on Wednesday the defendants shouldn't be arguing qualified immunity because the defendants did not bring the argument before the lower trial court.

CPD also said it believes all claims against its officers should have been dropped at the trial level because there are no facts in dispute, but Zellner does not agree. Zellner said there are police reports with conflicting information from witnesses.

If the U.S. Court of Appeals upholds the trial court decision, the remaining claims will go before a jury in Jefferson City.

 

More News

Grid
List
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — UPDATE: Police have found the body Sylvia Ussery-Pearson, according to our sister station KSHB . ... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:55:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 37-year-old Missouri man is charged with kidnapping the 4-year-old daughter of a woman whose body... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:39:20 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An attorney says a 74-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after a Missouri police officer... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:13:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered sweeping changes to how Missouri's parole board treats prisoners sentenced... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:10:53 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based grocery store chain is warning customers about what it says is a... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 8:16:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — UPDATE: Troopers have cancelled an endangered SILVER advisory issued Wednesday. the man is home and safe. ... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:08:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Licensed at-home day care providers met Wednesday, Aug. 14 to voice their concerns with Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch.... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:18:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia population increased today as college students started to move back for the school year. More people... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:48:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia dog owners shouldn't worry much about blue-green algae because there has been only one incident in 30... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 2:41:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Owners of McLanks restaurant are cleaning up after someone shattered a window overnight. "We don't have any... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:46:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A case about the University of Missouri system's restriction on employees having concealed firearms on campus started its... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:10:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed a stalking charge against a former Hickman High School choir director on Friday. The charge... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:58:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Flames and smoke will come from Columbia Regional Airport Wednesday afternoon, but it will all be part of... More >>
3 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 7:13:00 AM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Booches gets the number one spot for best college town food. That's according to Sports Illustrated. Sports... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, August 13 2019 Aug 13, 2019 Tuesday, August 13, 2019 7:25:00 PM CDT August 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Authorities are investigating after a body was found in a Saline County lake Tuesday. A local conservation... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, August 13 2019 Aug 13, 2019 Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:47:00 PM CDT August 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police arrested a man Tuesday after an on-foot pursuit. An officer saw a vehicle with no... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, August 13 2019 Aug 13, 2019 Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:52:00 PM CDT August 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – The Better Business Bureau is advising consumers to use caution when doing business with Affordable ATV’s in Columbia.... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, August 13 2019 Aug 13, 2019 Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:41:00 PM CDT August 13, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - As freshman move-in day quickly approaches, Columbia Public Works is putting the finishing touches on some construction projects... More >>
3 days ago Tuesday, August 13 2019 Aug 13, 2019 Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:10:00 PM CDT August 13, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
1pm 84°
2pm 85°
3pm 86°
4pm 87°