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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Police seek leads as Ryan Ferguson freed in Mo. murder case

Ryan Ferguson displays a written message that says "It is over" as he speaks to members of the media during a press conference in Columbia, Mo., after his release from prison. Last week, a state appeals court overturned Ferguson's murder and robbery convictions for the 2001 strangling and beating death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. The appeals panel said the prosecutor's office had withheld evidence from defense attorneys and Ferguson did not receive a fair trial.