One of Beatrice 6 Sues Nebraska Over Conviction

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Lincoln woman convicted in a 1985 Beatrice murder-rape case has filed a state lawsuit against the state of Nebraska, seeking $500,000 in damages.

A Beatrice radio station reports that Deb Shelden filed the lawsuit Monday in Gage County District Court. In it, Shelden says she was wrongfully convicted of being an accessory to the rape and murder of Helen Wilson in February 1985.

Shelden was among six people wrongfully convicted. Shelden completed part of her 10-year sentence and was released in 1994.

The six were pardoned in 2009. Officials said new DNA tests implicated an Oklahoma man who died in 1992.

Shelden also has sued the state in federal court, alleging her constitutional rights were violated.

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