Gage County appeals award in wrongful conviction case

Published: Aug. 4, 2016 at 9:10 AM CDT
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Gage County has appealed a multi-million dollar award in the case of the so-called Beatrice Six.

A jury awarded more than $28 million to six people who were wrongfully convicted in the 1985 slaying of a southeast Nebraska woman.

The appeal was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Lincoln. The county wants a judge to set aside the verdict or order another trial.

The appeal argues there wasn't enough evidence to find for the six people who spent a combined 77 years in prison in the death of 68-year-old Helen Wilson before DNA testing cleared them in 2008. It also says the jury was tainted by statements that the six were innocent and says the $28.1 million award was excessive.

An attorney representing the Beatrice Six declined to comment on the appeal.