Hair was found in his hands and did not match either of them.
There is no DNA of either Ryan or Chuck from the scene. They as well took Ryans vehicle and found nothing.
The dog tracked a scent to the university.
Chuck had a dream without knowing many of the details and told a friend. The friend phoned police. I find it amazing that considering the limited amount of time that they actually used the victims belt to strangle him. This would take additonal time and we are already dealing with a very short time frame of approximately 20 minutes. Chuck was guessing things like a bungee cord till the detective told him what he was strangled with. Utterly amazing.
You are so right the whole thing is a mess. It appears LE but moreso Crane was determined to get convictions and it did not matter whether the evidence matched or not or whether he had the right individuals. He even coached Chuck regarding his testimony based on police reports in which one report accidently reported some wrong information. It appears that Chuck studied LE's reports and repeated the same inaccurate info. For example, Chuck stated that Ryan put his foot on his back and pulled up on the belt when the victim was actually laying on his back thus Ryan would of had to of put his foot on the stomache not his back. Just one of many errors.
Shakes head again at this case
The pathologist the family hired suggested the victim was actually struck in the neck first...i have been trying to think how someone would remove a belt from such a large man...and why would they during an attack..seems hap hazard....i was thinking that perhaps the attacker was in front of heitholt and grab his waist band as he punched him in the throat...the belt must have broken lose at that point..the 48 hrs pics show the buckle laying with blood splattered on top of it...so the buckle must have landed on the ground first..the belt must have come free in the attackers hand...then the victim collapsed due to the blow to the throat....it appears the victim's head was slammed to the wheel or ground...i think thats the pathologists opinion...i think the belt was an afterthought to insure death...so how can two small teens attack this big man from the front...no..whoever attacked this man, engaged him in a face to face conversation and was big enough to subdue him quickly with a frontal attack..one powerful blow to the throat could kill or render unconscious someone..I think ryan was 5'7" and small...the victim a heavy man 6' 3" and over 300lbs..this was an overkill..either by a meth head or a very angry personal attacker.
I agree that the 2 individuals seen need to be found. (Maybe they were the murderers or maybe are afraid to come forward out of fear of the LE)
The victim was 6 foot 4 inches tall with his weight to match that. There is no way these 2 were able to do that. As well taking the belt off of an unconscious individual would not be easy.
I hope once this is all resolved with Ryan that they go after Crane.
Once again you bring up many of the issues that have surrounded this case. It was stated that there was friction between Byrd and Heitholt.
Bryds' accounts have changed so many times whether it is the colour of the vehicle he was driving, the order in which things happened like tuning the radio, speaking with the victim etc.
I also would like to know what happened to his one vehicle. It seems to have vanished with no trace. How convenient....
statistically speaking murder victims usually know the person who killed them, weather it be friend, family member, next door neighbor etc.
I still don't understand why chuck admitted to killing kent.
so at first chuck did not remember the strangling...but then he was told about it, then he was asked what did ryan use to strangle heitholt...and he said he didn;t know..then after some prodding he said a bungie cord? and was then told...could it have been a belt? and chuck;s first response was, "really?" he also eventually said a white man that must of been Mr. Byrd, left walked past them in the parking lot...but mr byrd is black..but the police report they used to coach chuck said incorrectly he was white..so of course a person lying based on this report would say the same...so how did we get from chuck doesn't even know heitholt was strangled...a chuck surprised a belt was used, a white mr byrd...to a trial in which Chuck without any doubt remembered a black mr byrd walking across the parking lot, ryan standing over mr heitholt strangling him with his own belt? how could we possibly have gotten there? the police should have taken his statement way back when, winked at each other and said, chuck you really weren't there were you? his original story never fit the facts...and it took two days of coaching and visiting the scene to get most of the facts straight..and even then chuck was a mess.
I believe one has to look over the facts of this case. Watch the videos where Chuck was spoon fed information not only by LE but then coached by the prosecutor. Chuck was also told that Ryan was going to be offered a deal and testify against him thus it would be in his best interest to cooperate for a plea deal and he did.
I believe that this might be one case where there might be grounds for prosecutorial misconduct even though Crane is now a Judge.
These stats listed below are only based on cases taken by the Innocence Project and to me 25% is a very high number.
As per the Innocence Project:
"While it can be hard to understand why someone would falsely confess to a crime, psychological research has provided some answers – and DNA exonerations have proven that the problem is more widespread than many people think. In approximately 25% of the wrongful convictions overturned with DNA evidence, defendants made false confessions, admissions or statements to law enforcement officials."
I hope ryan is set free in April...but this process has already stolen nearly a decade of youth from him. no way to get that back. his website freeryanferguson.com is not working for me lately. wonder if they closed it.
I just now read and watched the 48 hour story on this Case! If they do not free Ryan then I will lose all hope in our Justice system. My fear is since the prosecuting attorney is now a judge will this go against Ryan! If ever I saw a innocent man and I have never once so profoundly thought any criminal locked up as innocent, but Ryan sure is!
Lady Justice better balance the scales and free him!
Can anyone tell me about the DNA evidence in this case..i know there is no DNA in the case linking Ryan and Chuck but is there any DNA evidence collected? also on another site on this case there is talk about the Dutch scientist that do Touch DNA..they take the evidence and based on the facts of the case deduce where the attacker might have touched the victim's clothes, or other items in the scene and try to detect DNA from skin cells..i guess most police look for DNA in stains, or drops, or things visually detected rather by eye or by alternate light sources..basically looking for bodily fluids...i have read through a lot of material but have never seen any reference to unidentified DNA, or even about DNA tests.
I need to review this again as it has been some time since I looked at that information.
As well there is documentation that Chuck has issues which has been submitted regarding his mental status.
I have been following this since it first aired a few years ago.I have never believed the confession and always hoped Ryan would be set free. What some people saw as a cold looking possible killer, I saw as a scared kid who did not know how to react to what was happening.Him and his family have worked so hard, I hope he finally gets set free.
Debora Sue Lowe - Age 13, missing from Pompano, FL since February 29, 1972 (Leap Year)
Missing Child Haunts Family Nearly 40 Years Later - 9/19/2011
Weight: 125 lbs
Debbie is believed to have been a victim of the serial killer Gerard John Schaefer Jr. He was convicted of only two murders in the 1970s but is believed to be responsible for the murders and disappearances of many other girls and young women in the 60s and 70s, including Wendy Stevenson, Peggy Rahn ,Carmen Hallock, Pamela Nater and Nancy Leichner in 1966.
- Everything I write is JMHO and NO OFFENSE is INTENDED
Ryan's hearing has been set for April 16, 2012.
I am looking forward to next week-should be interesting.
I hope he gets a new trial or better yet the charges dropped and freed.
UPDATE: Ryan Ferguson won't testify in evidentiary hearing next week
JEFFERSON CITY — A Columbia man serving a 40-year sentence for the 2001 murder of a newspaper sports editor is returning to court with new evidence he hopes will prove his innocence, but he won't take the stand in his own defense.
"IT TAKES A LOT BIGGER MAN TO STAND UP AND ADMIT HIS MISTAKES THAN TO HIDE BEHIND A LIE"WHY WON'T ANYONE STAND UP FOR HALEIGH??!! WHY?? TELL THE TRUTH!!HALEIGH DESERVES IT!!
I have had such a busy week I did not even realize this had happened.
I am also glad to hear that Ms. Zellner will not be trying to implicate Boyd in this but appears to be tightening up the timeline a little more.
It has taken this family so long to get to this point I know I will be on pins and needles regarding this outcome.
Some excerpts from the hearing today.
"While Trump acknowledged that Crane never directly asked him to lie about the witness identification, the former janitor said he felt pressured to give law enforcement the confirmation they were seeking. That account contradicts his previous certainty of the two men’s involvement.
Trump said Crane told him “it would be helpful” if he could identify Erickson and Ferguson. Freed on parole and fearful of the consequences, Trump said he complied"
"Private investigator Steve Kirby testified that Trump and another Tribune janitor who implicated the two men could not have clearly identified the pair from a location 75 to 100 feet from the newspaper’s employee entrance. Another defense expert criticized the work of Columbia police detectives, suggesting that Erickson crafted his account of the crime scene in part through leading questions during a police interrogation."
Some of todays hearing overview.
" forensic pathologist Larry Blum called into question the use of a tire tool in the beating death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt
Blum testified Tuesday that the injuries a tire tool would cause don't fit the injury patterns from photographs of Heitholt's injuries. The photographs showed line-like lacerations on Heitholt's skull, circular markings on his skull and hands and what appeared to be "dual markings" on his hands, Blum said.
The dual markings were injuries that left two marks a similar distance to each other on Heitholt's hands. Blum said these markings were most likely caused by a two-pronged instrument.