Columbia police take new look at editor’s slaying

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — A Columbia police detective is taking a fresh look at a journalist’s 2001 slaying after one of two men originally convicted of murder was freed after his case was overturned.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (bit.ly/1bo1cmZ) reports police are reviewing the sizable case file in the death of former Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt, who was strangled and beaten to death in the newspaper’s parking lot.

Ryan Ferguson spent nearly a decade in prison but was released in November after an appeals court panel ruled that prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence from the defenses. Missouri’s attorney general opted to not retry Ferguson.

Chuck Erickson continues to serve a 25-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to killing Heitholt. Ferguson says his former high school classmate is innocent.

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