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48 HOURS
Air Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: "The Accuser" (Repeat)
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RYAN FERGUSON IS SERVING 40 YEARS FOR MURDER - HIS ACCUSER SAYS IT WAS ALL A LIE - CAN NEW INFORMATION FREE AN INNOCENT MAN?

"48 HOURS: THE ACCUSER"

SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013, 10:00 PM, ET/PT

Ryan Ferguson is in a Missouri prison serving a 40-year sentence for a murder he says he didn't commit. His accuser now says the testimony that put Ferguson in jail was a lie. But why is Ferguson still behind bars?

"How do so many people get it so wrong that you end up in prison for 40 years for something you didn't have anything to do with?" Ferguson asks in an updated edition of 48 HOURS: "The Accuser" to be broadcast Saturday, June 15, 2013 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. "My life was taken because a jury made a decision based off of lies."

For seven years, Erin Moriarty and the 48 HOURS team have been investigating the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt and the bizarre circumstances that put Ferguson in jail. As Moriarty reports, hair, fingerprints and even bloody footprints were found at the scene - none linked to Ferguson. Then, two years after the murder, Charles Erickson told a friend that he and Ferguson may have killed Heitholt. Erickson told police about the murder but struggled with important details. "It's just so foggy," Erickson told a police interrogator.

Based on Erickson's confession, he and Ferguson were arrested for Heitholt's murder in 2004. By the time they got to trial, Erickson's foggy memory was gone and his testimony included key details he didn't know when he confessed.

Yet, in recent interview with Moriarty, Erickson said his confession was a lie. "I knew that I sold Ryan out," he tells Moriarty.

But does anyone believe Erickson's new claims, or is he simply lying again?

This updated edition of 48 HOURS: "The Accuser" examines Ferguson's case using interviews with Ferguson, Erickson, family members, a witness who saw two people near Heitholt's car, and includes the latest from Ferguson's legal team about his ongoing efforts to get out of jail. Gail Zimmerman is the producer of this broadcast. Doreen Schechter is the producer-editor. Elena DiFiore is the field producer. Joan Adelman and Atticus Brady are the editors. Suzanne Allen is the senior coordinating producer. Linda Martin is the update producer. Judy Tygard is the senior producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.

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48 HOURS (CBS)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/19/88 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (spring 2014)
TIME SLOT:
saturdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
27 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's 28th) on 3/13/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from CBS's press release, March 2014) CBS, America's most-watched network, today announced pick-ups for 18 series for next season. Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming. The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS's weekly primetime schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs. Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 MINUTES, television's #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday's #1 non-sports program.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bill Lagattuta as Correspondent
· Erin Moriarty as Correspondent
· Harold Dow as Correspondent
· Maureen Maher as Correspondent
· Peter Van Sant as Correspondent
· Richard Schlesinger as Correspondent
· Susan Spencer as Correspondent
· Troy Roberts as Correspondent
CREW INFORMATION:
· Rob Klug as DIR
· Susan Zirinsky as EP
GENRE(S):
· newsmagazine
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· CBS News