With lifer just out of prison, book release moved

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 8:06 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Publication has been moved up for an award-winning journalist's book about Bill Macumber, the inmate recently freed after nearly 40 years in an Arizona prison on murder charges he still disputes.

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 and Pulitzer Prize winning feature writer. He interviewed the 77-year-old Macumber for the book, which will include his release from prison.

Macumber was released this week after he pleaded no contest in a Phoenix courtroom to second-degree murder and was sentenced to time already served.

Macumber was convicted of first-degree murder in 1975 for the killings of two 20-year-old telephone company workers. He insists he didn't commit the crimes.

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