Ryan Ferguson a free man

Ryan Ferguson is a free man.

Just more than a week after an appeals court overturned his conviction, Ryan Fergusonâ??s family arrived at the Jefferson City Correctional Center to pick him up and take him home.

The release didn't happen without some required formalities. Rather than be released to his family, Ferguson was transported to Boone County where a judge needed to make his release official.

He and his family are expected to address the media for the first time since his release at 7:00 p.m. KRCG will carry the event live.

His release was made possible Tuesday after Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced he won't re-try Ferguson for the death of a newspaper sports editor.

Last week, a state appeals court overturned Ferguson's murder and robbery convictions for the 2001 death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. The appeals panel said the prosecutor's office had withheld evidence from defense attorneys and that Ferguson did not receive a fair trial.

Koster's office said in a statement Tuesday it carefully reviewed the remaining evidence. The office said it's has decided not to retry or pursue any further legal action against Ferguson at this time.