Midwest Innocence Project takes Columbia case
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) —
A nonprofit legal group has taken the case of a man convicted in the death of a Columbia sports editor.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the Midwest Innocence Project has taken the case of Charles Erickson, who's serving a 25-year sentence for second-degree murder in the 2001 death of Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt.
Erickson's testimony in the case, which he has since claimed was a lie, implicated Ryan Ferguson, who served nearly 10 years behind bars before he was released in 2013.
The Kansas City-based organization works to exonerate wrongfully convicted people in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska.
Justin Scott, a spokesman for the Midwest Innocence Project, says the organization's legal director, Tricia Bushnell, is representing Erickson. Bushnell declined to speak about the case.