- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Columbia is battling a lawsuit from a man whose conviction in a sports editor’s death was overturned after he served nearly a decade in prison.

The city argued Wednesday before the federal appeals court in St. Louis that six Columbia police officers should be protected against the claims in Ryan Ferguson’s $100 million civil lawsuit. The Columbia Daily Tribune (https://bit.ly/2croNwa ) reports that judges will consider the city’s immunity appeal before ruling.

Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years for the 2001 killing of Kent Heitholt, a Columbia sports editor. Ferguson denied any involvement and was released in 2013 after an appeals court panel ruled he didn’t receive a fair trial because the prosecutor withheld evidence.

The lawsuit alleges that detectives fabricated evidence, coerced witnesses and failed to investigate other possible suspects.


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

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide