Friend Testifies for Man Convicted in Mo. Slaying

8 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, April 19 2012 Apr 19, 2012 Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:39:39 AM CDT April 19, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A central Missouri man seeking to overturn his conviction of in the 2001 murder of a newspaper sports editor is getting support from a high school friend.

A Cole County judge is hearing testimony on whether to set aside the conviction and 40-year sentence of Ryan Ferguson for the slaying of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.
In court Thursday, Kimberly Bennett testified that she saw Ryan Ferguson and his convicted accomplice Chuck Erickson leave a Columbia nightclub near the newspaper office around 1:30 a.m. and drive away.

Former newspaper sports writer Michael Boyd testified Thursday that he talked with Heitholt in the newspaper parking lot and left about 2:20 a.m. as it appeared Heitholt was getting into his car. Heitholt was found dead shortly afterward.

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