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Ryan Ferguson's fight for freedom
Jun 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

[This story previously aired on Feb. 23, 2013. It was updated on June 15.]

(CBS NEWS) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- I'm Erin Moriarty. I have been covering Ryan Ferguson's case now for more than seven years. Ferguson was charged with killing a man named Kent Heitholt on Halloween night 2001.

From the beginning, there was just something not right about this case. There was plenty of physical evidence at the crime scene -- hair, fingerprints and bloody shoe prints -- but none of it matched him.

The entire case hinged on one troubled accuser: Charles Erickson.

Bit by bit, the case against Ferguson has fallen apart, and yet, his conviction has been upheld time and time again. This time, however, an unexpected development may make a difference.

For the first time, Ferguson's accuser spoke publicly ... and what a story he told.

Police search Joran Van der Sloot's home for clues in disapperance of missing U.S. teen - 2005
Jun 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Natalie Holloway

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 15, 2005, more than two weeks after Natalee Holloway vanished while on a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba, police search the home of 17-year-old Joran Van der Sloot, one of the last known people to see the young woman alive. Although Van der Sloot would emerge as a prime suspect in the case, he was never charged. Holloway’s disappearance generated massive media attention in the United States; however, her body never has been found, and in 2012 she was declared legally dead.

TWA Flight 847 is Hijacked - 1985
Jun 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

TWA 847

TWA Flight 847

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 14, 1985, TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome is hijacked by terrorists who immediately demand to know the identity of ''those with Jewish-sounding names." Two of the Lebanese terrorists, armed with grenades and a 9-mm. pistol, then forced the plane to land in Beirut, Lebanon.

Four fatally shot in apparent murder-suicide at St. Louis business
Jun 13, 2013, - 0 Comments

The male shooter is among the four dead, police say. Officers recovered a semiautomatic handgun from the crime scene.

St. Louis Police Capt. Michael Sack said the dead were in their early 40s to mid-50s.

The shots were fired about 1:40 p.m. at the business, police say. Sack said surveillance video showed the shooter opened fire after having a brief argument with people inside the business.

“We don’t know if this is a prior thing that carried over,” Sack said.

Michael Graff, who has a law office in the same building, said the health care business was owned and staffed by Somalian immigrants. He said he had heard heated arguing there on past occasions. Graff was not in the building Thursday when the shooting occurred.

Sack said the shooter appeared to be an employee or owner of the health care business, and that the victims were employees. No one else was injured.

Murder, intimidation kept $11 million-a-year gang going
Jun 13, 2013, - 0 Comments

The top leaders of one of Chicago’s most violent street gangs have been charged in a sweeping racketeering case that alleges they controlled their West Side drug empire through pattern of intimidation, kidnappings, shootings and murder dating back to the mid-1990s, according to an affidavit unsealed today in Cook County Criminal Court.

Before sunrise today, police armed with "no knock" search warrants fanned out across the Chicago area surprising dozens of leaders of the Black Souls, including Cornel Dawson, known as the gang’s chief, and Teron Odum, described as Dawson’s second-in-command. Also arrested were a number of “top runners” and “supervisors” who authorities say control the gang’s street operations.

The 78-page affidavit alleges the Black Souls ran an $11 million-a-year drug operation and protected the enterprise with violence that included at least seven murders from 1994 to 2012. In all, 23 members of the gang have been charged with racketeering conspiracy, while 18 more face state drug or weapons charges, authorities said.

Jury begins deliberations in Susan Polk murder trial - 2006
Jun 13, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Susan Polk

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 13, 2006, jurors began deliberations in the trial of Susan Polk, 48, for the October 2002 murder of her psychotherapist husband Felix Polk, 70, in a poolside cottage at the couple's Orinda, California home. Felix was stabbed and cut 27 times and had suffered blunt force trauma to the head. 

Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers is assassinated - 1963
Jun 12, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Medgar Evers

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 12, 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers is shot to death in the driveway outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith.

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