Wrongfully convicted


In a way that is unfair or illegal:

Many people were wrongfully denied the right to vote.
Wrongfully arrested

More examples

He was wrongfully convicted of the murder of an elderly couple.
The judge ruled that she had been wrongfully dismissed from her job.
He claims officers wrongfully stopped his rental car because of his race.

Cambridge Dictionary

Ryan Ferguson is a man from Missouri who was wrongly convicted of murder in 2005 and spent nearly a decade in prison before being exonerated in 2013. Here are some of the key points of his case:

  1. In 2001, Kent Heitholt, a sports editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune, was found beaten and strangled in the newspaper’s parking lot. Police had no leads until two years later when a tip came in implicating two young men: Ryan Ferguson and his friend Chuck Erickson.

  2. Erickson, who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, told police that he and Ferguson had been at a bar near the newspaper’s office the night of the murder and that they had left and committed the crime. Ferguson maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

  3. The prosecution’s case relied heavily on Erickson’s testimony, as there was no physical evidence linking Ferguson to the crime. Erickson’s story changed multiple times throughout the investigation, and he later recanted his testimony, saying that it had been coerced by police.

  4. Despite the lack of physical evidence and the inconsistencies in Erickson’s testimony, Ferguson was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

  5. In 2012, the Missouri Court of Appeals overturned Ferguson’s conviction, ruling that the prosecution had withheld evidence that could have helped his defense. The court also cited new evidence that cast doubt on Erickson’s testimony.

  6. After a long legal battle, Ferguson was finally released from prison in November 2013. He maintains his innocence and has become an advocate for criminal justice reform.

1 Ryan Ferguson: “I wanted to learn and grow” in prison.

Gepubliceerd op 11 dec. 2013

Ryan Ferguson and “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty join the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts to discuss
how Ferguson spent his time in prison, how they overturned his wrongful conviction, and what could be his next step as a free man.

2 Wrongly-Imprisoned Ryan Ferguson Shares His Story | TODAY

Gepubliceerd op 25 feb. 2015

Ryan Ferguson, who was wrongly convicted of murder at just 19 years old, joins TODAY to discuss his book, “Stronger, Faster, Smarter,” which focuses on his experience in prison and his new life after serving nearly a decade of his sentence.

After a decade behind bars for a murder he did not commit, Ryan Ferguson learned that physical strength and confidence are keys to survival – he now shares his strength secrets in Stronger, Faster, Smarter–the smartest, realest, and most doable fitness guide you’ll ever read.

How many of us really understand that every moment counts, and that physical strength and confidence enable our mind and spirit to make the most of our lives? Ryan Ferguson does. He survived nearly a decade behind bars for a murder he did not commit.

An innocent collegian imprisoned at nineteen, Ferguson’s disbelief turned to resolve after his father told him: “Son, do whatever you can to get stronger, faster, and smarter. This is now your number one priority.”

In his darkest hour, even after countless appeals and disappointment, in a place that threatened physical violence, malnutrition, and offered almost no medical aid, Ferguson knew his physical health was paramount.

In this startlingly elegant, authentic, and inspiring guide, Ferguson shares his simple, universally attainable recipe for health and power.


3 Mo. man may be freed after years in prison

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6 nov. 2013

A Missouri man is getting ready to leave prison after nearly a decade. “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty has been covering the case of Ryan Ferguson since he was convicted, and she was the only one to interview him when that conviction was thrown out.

4 Wrongfully Convicted of Murder | The Meredith Vieira Show


Gepubliceerd op 21 jan. 2016

Ryan Ferguson and his father Bill are the subjects of “Dream/Killer”– a new documentary about the love of a father determined to bring his son justice after being wrongfully convicted of murder and spending 10 years in jail.

5 ‘Dream/Killer’: Exposing The American Judicial System | The Meredith Vieira Show

Gepubliceerd op 21 jan. 2016

Ryan Ferguson spent nearly 10 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Thanks to the tireless efforts of his father Bill, he was finally freed. ‘Dream/Killer’ director Andrew Jenks joins Ryan and his father Bill to chat about their new documentary.

6 Ryan Ferguson and Bill Ferguson Interview | Tribeca Film Festival 2015: dream/killer | The Fan Club

Gepubliceerd op 22 apr. 2015

I talk to Ryan and Bill Ferguson on the Tribeca Film Festival red carpet about what it was like to see their story of wrongful conviction brought to life in the Andrew Jenks-directed documentary dream/killer.

7 Ryan Ferguson Juror Explains 2004 Murder Conviction

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Gepubliceerd op 14 nov. 2013

Ferguson, 29, spent almost a decade in prison before his conviction was overturned.

8 Bizarre Betrayal: Friend’s False Testimony Led to Murder Conviction

Gepubliceerd op 10 okt. 2013

Ryan Ferguson has spent years in jail for a crime of which he said he was wrongly accused.

9 Sneak peek: Ryan Ferguson @LifeAfterTen

Gepubliceerd op 26 mrt. 2014

Wrongly convicted of murder and finally free, can Ryan Ferguson put his life back together? “48 Hours”‘ Erin Moriarty reports, Saturday, March 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

10 What’s next for Ryan Ferguson?

Gepubliceerd op 6 nov. 2013

Jailed Mo. man Ryan Ferguson, 29, speaks with Erin Moriarty about his hope for a new life after learning Tuesday that his 2005 murder conviction was thrown To watch full episodes of 48 Hours Mystery, CLICK http://cbsn.ws/1cai8zp

11 “The day always comes if you’re innocent,” says Ryan Ferguson’s lawyer

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Gepubliceerd op 6 nov. 2013

Kathleen Zellner, the lawyer for jailed Missouri man Ryan Ferguson, reacts after his murder conviction was overturned by an appeals court Tuesday. To watch full episodes of 48 Hours Mystery, CLICK http://cbsn.ws/1cai8zp

12 Ryan Ferguson Press Conference Following his Release from Prison


Gepubliceerd op 12 nov. 2013

Ryan Ferguson was locked away for 10 years of a 40 year sentence after rogue prosecutors Kevin Crane and Dan Knight withheld evidence and committed Brady Violations. This is Ryan Ferguson’s humble and emotional press conference following his release on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 at approximately 8:00pm est.

13 Ryan Ferguson Exclusive Post Jail Interview: ‘I’ve Had My Whole 20s Taken from Me’

Gepubliceerd op 13 nov. 2013

George Stephanopoulos talks to the newly freed man who spent nearly a decade in prison.

14 Ryan Ferguson Press Conference Pt. 3: Kathleen Zellner and Bill Ferguson

Gepubliceerd op 5 nov. 2013

Ryan Ferguson’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, and his father, Bill Ferguson, address the press at the Tiger Hotel in Columbia, Mo. following the vacation of her client’s murder and robbery convictions Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

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Gepubliceerd op 2 mei 2016

I am not sure how the family of Kevin Crane can bare to be in the same room as him? They must know what he did? I think to meet someone like that or the police involved would make me feel physically ill. I am pleased that Ryan survived and while he will never truly recover or forget, I hope that he finds peace and can live a full life. Those who did wrong never will.

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16 Ryan Ferguson speaks after $11 million civil judgment

10 jul. 2017

A judge on Monday, July 10, 2017, awarded Ryan Ferguson $11 million for his vacated murder and robbery conviction. Video by Rudi Keller.

17 A Celebration of Freedom & Justice — May 18, 2010 — The Exonerated

Gepubliceerd op 20 mei 2010

Nineteen exonerated individuals and more than 700 Innocence Project supporters came together May 18, 2010 in New York City for the Innocence Project’s 4th Annual Celebration of Freedom & Justice.

18 Man Spends 17 Years in Prison After Wrongful Murder Conviction – “6,149 Days” – A WRAL Documentary

23 jul. 2019

Gregory Flynt Taylor was wrongly convicted of murder in 1993 thanks to a rush to judgment by police, evidence that was withheld from the jury and misleading testimony by key witnesses. WRAL is telling his story in “6,149 Days,” a powerful 90-minute documentary that aired April 12, 2012. What went wrong in his conviction. Who actually committed the crime? How do those wrongfully convicted move on from such injustice?

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19 Cute Dog Gets Caught In Meat Grinder

16 mrt. 2020

Let’s all take a moment of silence to honour our good friend Sparky. He’s fine and is enjoying retirement in Palm Springs, but he deserves it for being such a good actor.
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