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October 3, 2013

Father speaks to RSU students about his son’s ‘wrongful’ conviction



Now there are no witnesses and no other evidence linking Ryan to the crime.
“The tire tool, which was used at the murder scene to strike Heitholt in the head, was sent to the FBI. Fingerprints didn’t match up and strands of hair didn’t match,” he said. “But without new evidence proving his innocence, the judge was not able to overturn Ryan’s case. So I’m out to get new evidence and we will now appeal the judge’s decision to the Western District Court of Missouri.”
On Sept. 10, an oral argument was held with judges. The court is currently taking the case under consideration. That same day, Bill Ferguson began his cross-country drive to raise awareness and build support for his son.
While meeting with RSU students following the Wrongful Convictions class, he said that accountability is the first step to fixing the court system.
“When someone gives a police report, they should ask to record what is discussed with the police officers. Demanding accountability and educating oneself will make a big difference,” said Bill Ferguson. 
“Do not make a statement unless you have an attorney present.”
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