Wrongly imprisoned Colorado man clears lawsuit hurdle
DENVER, Colorado – A lawsuit filed by a man whose murder conviction was overturned by DNA evidence has cleared another legal hurdle with a judge rejecting prosecutors’ claim of immunity.
Attorneys for Tim Masters say prosecutors who handled the case fabricated, destroyed and concealed evidence that would have proven Masters’ innocence at trial.
Masters spent nearly 10 years in prison for the 1987 Fort Collins slaying and sexual mutiliation of Peggy Hettrick before his release in 2008.
The prosecutors argued that they are immune from lawsuits because they were acting in their official capacity when they prosecuted Masters in 1999. Judge Lewis T. Babcock on Monday rejected most of those claims.