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Freed convict: “Justice, however late is still justice”

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Bill Macumber walked out a free man after spending nearly 38 years behind bars. He says he was wrongly convicted of killing two people.

For the first time, the 77-year-old is talking about his freedom. The last time Bill Macumber was out and about was back in the 70's.

"I made that statement of innocent, I don't know 10,000 times and I'll take that statement to the grave," Macumber told us.

Bill Macumber says he's an innocent man who never should have spent almost 4 decades behind bars.

What was it like stepping into 2012, free after 38 years behind bars?

We asked him: "What did you do last night?"

Macumber: "Watched rabbits and quail in my cousin's home. The family was all together. We had pizza and I allowed myself one beer. After 38 years I was a little bit hesitant to go beyond that point."

Macumber pleaded no contest to two counts of second degree murder for the killings of Joyce Sterrenberg and Tim McKillop in 1962.

He was sentenced to time served, then freed.

Macumber stepped out of prison into a new, modern world, a world he'd never seen before. Even turning on a bedroom light was shocking.

"I just happened to touch the side of the lamp, the darn thing went on. I touched it again it went on even brighter. I'm thinking what the hell happened here!"

The Arizona Justice Project has been working on freeing Macumber for more than 10 years. They say Macumer's wife framed him by planting evidence to make him look guilty.

County Attorney Bill Montgomery continues to say Macumber is guilty and only released because the evidence in his case was lost.

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