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Convicted murderer Ryan Ferguson’s attorney Kathleen Zellner gives her opening statements Monday in the Cole County Division I courtroom. An evidentiary hearing is being held to consider his alleged innocence in the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

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Ferguson begins renewed effort to leave prison

Ryan Ferguson’s latest bid to be released from prison — and from his 2005 conviction of killing Columbia Daily Tribune newspaper sports editor Kent Heitholt in 2001 — began Monday morning in a packed Cole County courtroom.

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