- Associated Press - Monday, April 7, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Just eight days after the city of Columbia was dismissed from a lawsuit filed by a man whose murder conviction was vacated, the city is once again a defendant.

Lawyers for Ryan Ferguson filed an amended complaint Friday reinstating the city to a lawsuit from Ryan Ferguson, who spent more than 10 years in prison for murder before being released last November. Ferguson was convicted in 2005 of second-degree murder in the 2001 death of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt.

The Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1lFxXjt ) the attorneys claim the city and Boone County violated Ferguson’s right by denying him due process.

Columbia is one of 13 defendants cited in Ferguson’s lawsuit. Others include a prosecutor, police officers, and two investigators.


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

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