Ryan Ferguson, 28, told the ABC news program "Nightline" in an interview to be aired Thursday that he remains hopeful of release. The case is now before a state appeals court in Kansas City where judges heard oral arguments last month.
"I'm going be ready for whatever life throws at me because I've been preparing for so long," Ferguson said. "So you know I just ... maintain positivity and hope that one day I'll wake up and I'll get a good phone call."
The principal witness, Charles Erickson, was a friend of Ferguson. He told police he and Ferguson killed Kent Heitholt, a sportswriter for the Columbia Daily Tribune, who was found on Halloween in 2001 in the newspaper's parking lot, strangled with his own belt.
Tapes of police interrogation of Erickson suggest both men might be innocent, Nightline said. They suggest Erickson was ignorant of the details of the killing until detectives fed them to him.
Another witness, Jesse Trump, is a convicted sex offender who now says he was pressured by police to identify Ferguson and Erickson.
When he was arrested, Ferguson was a college student. He was arrested on campus in 2004.
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