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Ryan Ferguson's murder conviction vacated

An appeals court Tuesday vacated the murder conviction of Ryan Ferguson nine years into his 40-year prison sentence for the 2001 Halloween night killing of a newspaper editor, according to a court document.

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District ruled that prosecutors withheld key evidence from defense attorneys.

Below, we've shared the opinion filed by the court.

Recent Dateline coverage of the case:

Our most recent TV report: Under A Killing Moon

Ryan Ferguson: A Q&A With Dateline's Anthony Galloway

Ryan Ferguson awaits appeals court decision, 'nervous' but comforted by supporters' messages