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48 Hours Mystery takes on the Timothy Masters case

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Tomorrow night, CBS' 48 Hours Mystery features "Drawn to Murder," a two-hour examination of the long march to justice taken by Timothy Masters, seen here in a photo from the '80s. The onetime Fort Collins resident was convicted in 1999 of murdering a woman twelve years earlier -- a verdict based mainly on drawings that authorities interpreted as sketchy confessions. But thanks to the efforts of a persistent legal team and investigative reporting led by Denver Post reporter Miles Moffeit (whose work was lauded in the July 2007 blog "Masters Class"), this decision was eventually tossed. And as noted in "Denver Post Deserves Credit for Judges' Censuring," two jurists whose rulings helped put Masters behind bars (and kept him there for far too long) were themselves found guilty this past September; the state Supreme Court's regulatory office slapped them for ethical misconduct.

Appropriately, Moffeit was interviewed for "Drawn to Murder," and although he recently found out that he didn't make the final cut, he still has kind words for the 48 Hours crew. "I can tell you that the show's producers and reporters have followed the case for more than a year, interviewing former cops, the defense lawyers, Tim and his family," he points out via e-mail. "It's not often the program does two-hour segments, so that shows the level of commitment and importance they've brought to the case. With the exception of local Channel 9, they're bringing more broadcast reporting muscle to exposing what happened to Tim than any other TV outlet."

The program airs at 8 p.m. Saturday on Channel 4. -- Michael Roberts

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