Tim's return to Larimer County has been so celebrated that he may just stay....much to the chagrin of those who convicted him...
Tim Masters no longer has a burning desire to put Fort Collins squarely in his rear-view mirror.
Masters, who on Jan. 22 was released from a life prison sentence after serving almost nine years for murder, had initially planned to leave the city as soon as he could.
Too many bad memories, he said the day before his release.
Fort Collins police pursued Masters as a suspect in the 1987 stabbing death of Peggy Hettrick - he was 15 when she was killed - through high school and the Navy and eventually arrested him in 1998. He was convicted by a jury in 1999 but saw his conviction overturned earlier this month by a judge who agreed DNA evidence pointed to another suspect.
Now, Masters is a free man, although a cloud of suspicion follows him around. Larimer County District Attorney Larry Abrahamson pointedly declined to exonerate Masters when he dropped the murder charge against him.
"I was pessimistic the whole time until the door hit my a- on the way out,"