Criminal Justice

Even After Lawyer Reveals Dead Client's Seeming Guilt in 2 Murders, Another Man Remains in Prison


Ronald Kempfert says his mother may well have framed his father in the double murder for which he has served some 35 years.

A lawyer for a now-deceased inmate says his own client confessed to the killings in which Klempfert’s dad, William Macumber, was convicted. And Arizona’s clemency board last year unanimously agreed that Macumber should be freed, citing a “miscarriage of justice,” reports the New York Times.

But the 74-year-old remains imprisoned, because the state’s governor, who is running for re-election this, has refused to sign off on his release, the newspaper recounts.

Macumber’s ex-wife, Carol Kempfert, says he is a dangerous sociopath who “could sell water to a drowning person” and deserves to die in prison.

Ronald Kempfert, who took his stepfather’s last name as a child, is now in the process of changing his name back to Macumber.

For more details about the case read the full story.

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