Bill Dillon says his music was the key to enduring life in prison before he was exonerated for a murder he did not commit in Brevard County, Fla.
The first song he wrote as a free man is called, "Black Robes and Lawyers."
"Bill Dillon's case was a travesty of justice. From the very beginning to the end, it was a case of fabrication," said attorney Mike Pirolo, who helped win Dillon his freedom. "Bill Dillon's life was stolen from him."
In August 1981, Dillon was a 20-year-old baseball prospect about to get a second tryout with the Detroit Tigers when the badly beaten body of a 40-year-old man was discovered by a beach near his home.
"The suspect in the case was described as around 5'10" ... and had a moustache," said Pirolo.
The description didn't match Dillon.
"I'm 6'4". And I never ever had a moustache," he told Moriarty.
"There couldn't have been anything in their minds that made them think I did it other than my size," Dillon said. "...that I fit the profile of beating a man to death."
Dillon served more than half his life in prison before DNA tests showed he was not the killer.
"I was released on November 18, 2008, at 5:00 in the evening," he told "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty. "I'd spent at that point, 27-and-a-half years."