News 11.14.07

DNA tests planned in Colorado man’s exoneration bid

Tim Masters has been in prison since 1999 for a murder he says he didn’t commit, and the DNA tests he has been requesting are finally scheduled. Masters was 15 when his classmate was murdered in 1987. When he was convicted of the murder 12 years later, his “violent” drawings from high school were key evidence against him.

Now, prosecutors say they are ready to move forward with DNA testing on evidence collected from an alternate suspect, who may have also had ties with prosecutors in the Masters conviction.

Defense attorneys and members of the public have criticized police and prosecutors in the Masters case, and Larimer County District Attorney Larry Abrahamson said this week that he feels his office has been unfairly attacked.

“It just needs to be emphasized that our position has always been that we want to do what’s right. We want the truth to be known. But there is a process for that, rules for that,” Abrahamson said. “We did everything we feel was proper and legal. It’s an accusation. Just because we’re accused of doing something doesn’t mean we’ve done something wrong.”


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(Fort Collins Coloradoan, 11/14/2007)


Read about the pending DNA tests in this case

. (Fort Collins Coloradoan, 11/5/2007)


Read a previous blog post on Tim Masters’ case

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