Beatrice Six Appeal Outcome Could Be Known, Early Next Year

BEATRICE – Gage County may know in two to three months, the outcome of its appeal of the Beatrice Six verdict.

Oral arguments were given last week by both sides in the case involving a wrongful conviction judgment for more than $28 million, against Gage County.

County Attorney Roger Harris said two attorneys for the county and an attorney for the six plaintiffs gave the arguments.

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The arguments were made before a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Omaha…with both sides given 20 minutes.

The case involves the DNA testing of evidence that resulted in the State of Nebraska exonerating six people convicted in the 1985 rape and murder of Helen Wilson, in her Beatrice apartment.  Five defendants served prison sentences after reaching plea agreements.  One man was convicted at trial, served prison time and later died in Alabama.

The DNA evidence pointed to a drifter named Bruce Allen Smith as the lone perpetrator.  He died in Oklahoma in the early 1990s.

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