- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed the city of Columbia from a lawsuit filed by a man who spent more than 10 years in prison for murder before his convictions were vacated.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey issued an order last week dismissing the city from a lawsuit filed by Ryan Ferguson. The city was dismissed without prejudice, meaning it could be added to the lawsuit again in the future.

The city was one of 13 defendants in the lawsuit filed by Ferguson, who was convicted in the 2001 killing Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. He was released in November after his convictions were vacated.

The Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1q5deaI ) the dismissal is contingent upon it having no effect on Ferguson’s remaining claims against the other defendants.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com