Tim Masters has finally been exonerated in the 1987 sexual homicide of Peggy Hettrick. The Fort Collins PD and Larimer County DA’s office conspired, fabricated, and falsified evidence in order to convict a poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks. Masters was 15 years old at the time of the murder and was sentenced to life in prison 1999. After 9 years in the DOC Masters was released after it was determined that investigators withheld exculpatory evidence that clearly demonstrated that 15 year old Masters had nothing to do with the murder. Master then filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County in which he received a total of 10 million dollars. Despite this, the pieces of shit in FOCO refused to exonerate him as a suspect in the murder. Finally it appears his name has been cleared. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers stated, “based on the testimony, the forensic analysis and the crime scene analysis, the overwhelming conclusion is that Timothy Masters was not involved in the murder of Peggy Hettrick…the time has come for law enforcement to officially exonerate Timothy Masters.” Too bad it took so long and Masters lost so much.
I realize that this case differs from what West Denver CopWatch usually reports on, however the violations that Mr. Masters has endured by the hands of the Fort Collins Police Department and Larimer County District Attorney’s office are so horrific that they belong in the annals of police criminal history. Usually brutal police just beat the shit out of people, which obviously is terrible in and of itself, however in this case they went out of their way to ruin a person’s life to the point that he had to serve ten years in the DOC.
Congrats Mr. Masters, enjoy your money and your cleared name