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Wrongfully Convicted Man to be on UW Law Panel
February 18, 2009 — The University of Wyoming Potter Law Club's annual Spring Panel Presentation will feature first-hand accounts of a Colorado murder trial gone awry. It will be held Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in Room 129 of the Classroom Building.
Tim Masters was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of 37-year-old Peggy Hettrick in 1987. After maintaining his innocence and losing appeals in 1999 and 2002, Masters' defense team was granted hearings for a new trial in 2007.
The new hearings proved that DNA found on Hettrick's body did not match Masters. The hearings also revealed there had been substantial evidence not turned over to Masters' defense team during the previous trials. As a result, Masters' conviction was overturned and prosecutors dropped the murder charge against him.
This year's panel will feature Masters and his attorneys, Maria Lui and David Wymore, who will discuss the case and police and prosecutorial discretion. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be available for those who attend.
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2009