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Man still denies guilt after 37 years in prison

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Bill Macumber is again a free man, released from prison after serving near four decades for two murders that he still insists he didn't commit.

The 77-year-old held a news conference Thursday, one day after he pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and was sentenced to time already served.

The plea resulted from a deal struck with prosecutors as Macumber's lawyers pressed for a new trial based on claims that he was innocent.

Macumber was convicted of first-degree murder in 1975, more than a decade after the 1962 killings of 20-year-olds Joyce Sterrenberg and Timothy McKillop.

Relatives of the victims objected to Macumber's release, saying they still considered him guilty.

Prosecutors said they couldn't go forward with another trial because key evidence had been destroyed or lost over the years.

Meanwhile, publication has been moved up for an award-winning journalist's book about Bill Macumber.
Henry Holt and Company announced Thursday that it will publish Barry Siegel's "Manifest Injustice" in January, two months earlier than planned.
Siegel is a former Los Angeles Times correspondent. In 2002, he won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. He interviewed the 77-year-old Macumber for the book.

Related story: Man imprisoned for decades released, attorney says he was framed

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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