Ten years into a 40 year sentence after being wrongly convicted of murder. Repeatedly denied a retrial by Missouri, AFTER the only two witnesses admitted they lied on the stand. Where is the justice, Missouri?
How appalling it is to think that a man remains in prison for a crime he did not commit, even after the two "witnesses" that testified at Ryan's trial have admitted to lying and committing perjury? There is NOTHING to support Ryan's conviction.
Until April of 2012, there were two alleged eyewitnesses keeping Ryan in prison--Jerry Trump and Charles Erickson. Until April of 2012, Ryan had no chance of walking out of prison because of these two people.
Remarkably, Erickson and Trump took the stand in April of 2012 and admitted they lied at Ryan's trial when they implicated him in Kent Heitholt's murder. Both men subjected themselves to perjury charges by recanting. This has never happened before in an American courtroom in a habeas hearing.
Recanting witnesses may give affidavits admitting perjury but they rarely take the stand and admit perjury. This is the watershed event in Ryan Ferguson's case. There is no case in the United States where the only alleged eyewitnesses recanted in open court, the conviction has been upheld, and the person remains incarcerated.