Ferguson Trial Continues

1 decade 4 years 5 months ago Monday, October 24 2005 Oct 24, 2005 Monday, October 24, 2005 3:23:19 PM CDT October 24, 2005 in News

The hottest testimony of the day developed as Ferguson's defense lawyer drilled into Erickson's claims that his role was the lesser of two evils. The defense lawyer got into Erickson's face and demanded answers.  For hours Ryan Ferguson's defense team hammered Ferguson's former classmate Chuck Erickson.  Defense attorney Charlie Rogers challenged what Erickson told Columbia police in video-taped interrogations shown in court.

"He didn't scare me at all. Did you see me back up or flinch one time in that video?" Erickson asked.

On tape, Erickson said he could have made up the whole thing: How he and Ferguson murdered Heitholt. In court, Erickson said his story is true.

"I had to make some presumptions about what I read in the newspaper to help deal with the memories I had. To help piece things together that I couldn't remember and I've explained that over and over." Erickson said.

The prosecution agrees with Erickson, but the defense says he's a liar. They tried to trip him up by asking similar questions two days in a row. Still Erickson contends his old friend Ferguson is just in denial.

"You know what? When I go home, when I go look at myself in the mirror, when I lay down on my bunk, I'm going to know that I did the right thing no matter what happens to him after this. I could care less what happens to him," Erickson says.

Erickson was on the stand more than ten hours over the past two days. The jury could decide Ferguson's fate within days.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Dickey's Barbecue Pit delivered 30 free boxed lunches to Boone Hospital's intensive care unit on Thursday. Owner... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 10:53:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
STURGEON - Pinnacles Youth Park closed its gates to the public on Tuesday due to concerns of group gatherings during... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 10:36:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Jessica Corradini of Verona, Italy, has been baking bread -- mostly sourdough -- for a couple years. ... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 10:00:19 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
(CNN) -- Stores are scrambling to protect their workers from coronavirus. Some have begun taking employees' temperatures to keep... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 8:48:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The coronavirus pandemic is forcing veterinarians to change their daily operations. Dr. Leah Cohn works at the... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 6:20:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The head of the Missouri Health Department says he's directing medical professionals to provide racial... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 5:46:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The hotel industry has taken a massive hit as people continue to abide by stay-at-home orders during the... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:50:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding remains a concern in several states along the Missouri River, even though the weather has... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are heroes rescuing others from these tough times. A South Kansas City grocery store... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:02:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri Executive Director Lindsay Lopez about the growing... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 7:49:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 continues to change daily life, many people are turning to their faith for solace. But... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:39:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri’s health chief said Wednesday that he is directing medical professionals to provide racial data about... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel in Boonville has temporarily shut down business operations and implemented furloughs... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:04:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The road to recovery from addiction can be hard. Now COVID-19 is bringing more challenges to those fighting... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 4:20:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Parson is continuing to address the daily changes happening in Missouri due to COVID-19. On... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:45:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - City and county officials gave an update on COVID-19 on Wednesday during a virtual press conference. Columbia... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:38:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has made changes to its day-to-day operations since the "Stay Home Order" went into... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:52:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Roots N Blues Festival mourned the loss of famed sing-songwriter John Prine, who died Tuesday due to... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:11:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 38°
10am 41°
11am 43°
12pm 46°
1pm 48°