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In this combination of undated file photos is Ryan Ferguson, left, and Kent Heitholt, right. A Missouri appeals court panel on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, overturned the murder conviction of a Ferguson who has been serving a 40-year sentence for the 2001 slaying of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Heitholt.

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Mo. court overturns conviction in 2001 slaying

Ferguson attorney wants him released on bond

A Missouri appeals court panel has overturned the murder conviction of a Columbia man who has been serving a 40-year sentence for the 2001 slaying of a newspaper sports editor. An appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence from defense attorneys before Ferguson’s 2005 trial for the killing of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

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