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AG Schmitt Announces Habeas Denial in 2001 Killing of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor

Jun 14, 2019, 10:19 AM by AG Schmitt
Jefferson City, Mo. (May 1, 2019) – A writ of habeas corpus has been denied in the 2001 robbery and murder of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt, according to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt. On April 29, 2019 the Circuit Court of Pike County, Missouri entered an order denying a petition for the writ of habeas corpus filed by Charles Erickson.
Jefferson City, Mo. – A writ of habeas corpus has been denied in the 2001 robbery and murder of Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt, according to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.
On April 29, 2019 the Circuit Court of Pike County, Missouri entered an order denying a petition for the writ of habeas corpus filed by Charles Erickson. 
“Violently taking someone’s life is a heinous act against another human being. He was found guilty and now should be held responsible to the fullest extent of the law,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “Charles Erickson will serve out his sentence for his unforgivable actions. Justice has already been served, and now it will be carried out.”
The court found that on November 4, 2004 Erickson freely, knowingly, and intelligently entered into a guilty plea to second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and armed criminal action for which he received a total sentence of twenty-five years’ imprisonment on December 5, 2005. 
The court also found that Erickson had defaulted attacks on his guilty plea by not raising them in the ordinary course of review. At his guilty plea hearing, Erickson admitted to participating in the November 1, 2001 robbery and murder of Columbia Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt, as Mr. Heitholt left work. Mr. Heitholt was beaten with a blunt object and then strangled with his own belt.