Gov. Bill Ritter said Friday he is open to legislation that would financially compensate Tim Masters for serving nearly a decade in prison on a murder conviction that was ultimately overturned.
Ritter made the remarks after giving a speech to the Larimer County Bar Association on Friday.
Masters was released from in January after serving more than nine years for a 1999 murder conviction in the 1987 death of Fort Collins resident Peggy Hettrick after DNA evidence pointed to a different suspect.
Masters was 15 years old and a sophomore at Fort Collins High School when Hettrick was killed. Authorities have reopened the murder investigation.
Ritter, who served as a Denver district attorney before being elected governor, said he wouldn't give blanket support to a compensation bill without seeing it first