An appeals court overturned Ferguson's murder conviction Tuesday for the 2001 death of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt.
Ryanâ??s father Bill Ferguson said heâ??s ready to face any option that would lead to his sonâ??s release.
With the murder charge now overturned, prosecutors must decide if they will retry Ryan Ferguson. If not, he could soon be a free man. But if Ryan does face a retrial, his father Bill is confident of a not guilty verdict because of what he calls the lack of evidence against his son.
Bill Ferguson said, â??I think it would be rather humorous really. Iâ??d almost feel sorry for the state trying to try somebody without any evidence. I just canâ??t imagine how you could do that.â??
Bill Ferguson also worries about Ryanâ??s accuser Chuck Erickson and the family of murder victim Kent Heitholt. He wants freedom for Erickson who is serving 25 years in prison for his role in Heitholtâ??s murder. He also wants justice for the Heitholt family.
Bill Ferguson said, â??We are going to work as diligently as we have to free Ryan to get Charles Erickson free for the same reasons. He didnâ??t have anything to do with that crime. He was manipulated by Prosecutor Kevin Crane. We know that. We are going to get him free. Then, we are going to make a concerted effort and an all out full court press to find out who the perpetrators of the crime are.â??
The state now has 13 days to decide if they want to re-file charges against Ryan Ferguson. Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight had no comment today here at the Boone County Courthouse. Attorney General Chris Koster said he is reviewing the Ferguson ruling and all related matters with Prosecutor Knight before a decision is made.