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Tim Masters is no longer the slim, shaggy-haired 15-year-old he was when Peggy Hettrick was murdered, mutilated and dumped in a field near his home.

Goateed and bespectacled with a slightly receding hairline, Masters, now 36, sat quietly in court this week, occasionally flashing a boyish smile as his defense team worked to poke holes in his 1999 murder conviction.

The conviction followed a 12-year investigation that Masters' defense attorneys say is flawed because it focused on building a case against a suspect instead of solving a murder. Read full article »

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