A Columbia man in prison for the 2001 murder of a newspaper sports editor gets rejected again by an appeals court. This time the state appeals court says there’s no merit to his lawyer’s claim that the 2005 Lincoln County jury was selected improperly. 24 year old Ryan Ferguson says 13 people were sent home from a jury pool of over 800 prospects and allowed instead to perform community service. Cole County Judge Richard Callahan says this didn’t cause a failure in the jury pool because it was such a small percentage. Ferguson remains in the Jefferson City Correctional Center, serving a 40-year sentence for the 2001 strangulation and beating death of Kent Heitholt.