PHOENIX — A man who has spent nearly four decades in prison for the deaths
of two people in a Phoenix suburb is set for a change of plea hearing Wednesday.
Bill Macumber, now 77, was convicted in the 1962 deaths of Joyce Sterrenberg and Tim
McKillop in the open desert of north Scottsdale, but he has maintained his
The Justice Project has been advocating for his release in recent years, saying
no DNA evidence links Macumber to the crimes and that another man had confessed
to the killings.
The state clemency board had recommended that Gov. Jan Brewer reduce
Macumber’s life sentence in 2009, but she denied that. When Macumber’s case came
before the board again earlier this year, it did not recommend commutation.