Boone County hires lawyers to fight Ferguson civil suit

Boone County hired four attorneys to help its defense in a civil lawsuit filed on behalf Ryan Ferguson.

Ferguson filed an amended federal civil rights suit earlier this month against Boone County, former prosecuting attorney Kevin Crane and investigators Ben White and William Haws claiming the county has "customs, policies and omissions in training that caused the deprivation" of Ferguson's rights.

Ferguson was convicted in 2005 of killing Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt in 2001, but a three-judge state appeals court panel vacated his convictions last year because prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence favorable to Ferguson's defense.