Of Course if Ft. Collins paid him for the time he did, he'd have less to worry about..
(CNN) -- Tim Masters squarely blames Fort Collins, Colorado, police and prosecutors for his inability to land gainful employment and for his not having a wife and kids at this stage in his life.
">In 1987, Masters became the prime suspect in the slaying of Peggy Hettrick, a 37-year-old found in a field near his house. Among the reasons police said they focused on Masters was that he failed to report the body after he found it and his childhood drawings and stories suggested he was fixated on death.
Masters was convicted of murder in 1999, but a judge last year threw out the conviction and released him from prison, citing new evidence that did not implicate Masters. Masters now has a lawsuit pending against several police officers, ex-prosecutors and the city.
The city of Fort Collins has asked a federal judge to dismiss the case.
Now 37, Masters sat down for a phone interview with a CNN reporter who covered his case and subsequent release. He said he still holds a grudge against the police and prosecutors who put him behind bars. Watch Masters the day after his 2008 release »
He's living in Greeley, Colorado, and doesn't get back to Fort Collins much, but he does love traveling. Most notably, he's traveled to Amsterdam, Netherlands, to appear on a talk show with Richard and Selma Eikelenboom, the Dutch forensic scientists who discovered the DNA evidence that ultimately freed Masters.
Things can be tough sometimes, but anything is better than prison, Masters said of his first year as a free man since being imprisoned.
CNN: How have things been in the year since your release?
Masters: It's a struggle to earn enough money to pay my bills and everything, make a living. Other than that, life is good.
CNN: Do you have a job?
Masters: I buy stuff at auction and I sell it on eBay.