Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Missouri Man Who Was Freed after Murder Conviction Loses Civil Lawsuit (Copy)

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Missouri Man Who Was Freed after Murder Conviction Loses Civil Lawsuit (Copy)

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JEFFERSON CITY * A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by a central Missouri man who spent nearly 15 years in prison until a court said he had been wrongfully convicted of murdering his mother.

Dale Helmig had sued Osage County and three former law enforcement officers involved in his arrest and conviction, seeking unspecified damages while alleging they engaged in a conspiracy to deprive him of his constitutional rights.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey rejected on Wednesday all seven of Helmig's assertions and dismissed the case, the Jefferson City News Tribune reported Friday.

Norma Helmig was found dead in 1993, tied to a concrete block in the flood-swollen Osage River.

Dale Helmig was convicted of first-degree murder in 1996 and sentenced to life in prison. He was freed on bail in December 2010, shortly after DeKalb County Senior Judge Warren McElwain ruled that he was "actually innocent of the crime." The state appealed the judge's reversal, but the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the ruling in 2011 and the Osage County prosecutor subsequently dismissed the charges. …

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