It certainly doesn't give Tim back those years. He should still be compensated.
The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday censured two Fort Collins judges for missteps in the now-overturned 1999 murder conviction of Tim Masters.
Judges Terry Gilmore and Jolene Blair, who were both prosecutors at the time, were publicly admonished for failing to turn over important evidence to the attorneys who defended Masters in the slaying of Peggy Hettrick.
Masters spent nearly a decade in prison for the murder before he was freed early this year in the face of new DNA evidence.
Hettrick, 37, was stabbed and dumped in a south Fort Collins field on Feb. 11, 1987. Her killer sexually mutilated her, slicing away flesh from her breast and vagina.
Within hours, police investigators focused on Masters, a 15-year- old high school student who lived in a mobile home next to the field. But it wasn't until 1998 that police arrested him — relying largely on a forensic psychologist's interpretations of his drawings and writings.
Gilmore and Blair took the case to a jury in 1999, and Masters was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Rocky Mountain News