Apr 4, 2013 7:43 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Louis Taylor anxious to begin new life

PHOENIX - Free from state prison for just 24 hours Louis Taylor held two press conferences Wednesday to tout the work the Arizona Justice Project, an organization that fought for his release.

The 59-year-old fought back tears at his press conference in Phoenix and in Tucson, "I'm just kind of overwhelmed, but free, and that's the most important thing," he said.

Taking questions from reporters Taylor described his frustration with the Pima County Attorney's Office and what he described as a miscarriage of justice, "the county attorney didn't want to do the honorable thing by curing an injustice. I wasn't going to give them another hour, another minute. Forty two years for something I didn't do."

On Monday Taylor pleaded no contest to the 28 counts of murder the same charges he was convicted of in 1972.

After being released Taylor said he enjoyed a hamburger at In & Out Burger, "they gave him free tshirt. I'm going to ask for endorsements," he joked. He said he also, "went for a hike in Sabino Canyon to try and transcend me back into society slowly and I think i'm going to be alright."

He said he didn't get much rest Monday night, "no, I couldn't sleep. I stayed up and took the prison blues off and started detoxing from D.O.C. and I threw away the rags they gave me."

Taylor said his twin sister Mary Louise died while he was in prison and so did his mother. He said he didn't have a relationship with his two living family members, but on Tuesday, a woman named Melissa introduced herself as Taylor's niece. He said he was looking forward to making up for lost time.

Unsure of where he will work or where he will live, Taylor is looking forward to the future, "I can hold my head high. I just thank god that I survived 42 years."


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