Ryan Ferguson: Reasonable Doubt

In 2005, Ryan Ferguson was convicted of the second-degree murder of Kent Heitholt, the sports editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Ferguson’s friend Chuck Erickson had confessed to the murder after having ‘dream-like memories’ that ┬áhe and Ferguson had killed Heitholt on Halloween night in 2001. Their motive? Money. Erickson explained that he and Ferguson…

Ryan Ferguson: Crime Scene

On November 1, 2001, the body of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt was found next to his car in the newspaper’s parking lot around 2 a.m. He was severely beaten with a blunt object, and the cause of death was strangulation. The police determined that Heitholt was strangled with his own belt, as…

Ryan Ferguson: Timeline

November 1, 2001: Forty-eight-year-old Kent Heitholt, a sports editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune, is found dead in the newspaper’s parking lot just after 2 a.m. January 21, 2004: Tipster informs the police that Chuck Erickson and 19-year-old Ryan Ferguson are possible suspects in the murder. March 10, 2004: Police receive a phone call that…