Appeals court delays collection of Beatrice Six judgment

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


A federal appeals court has halted efforts by six people wrongfully convicted of a 1985 Beatrice murder to collect the millions they won in a lawsuit against Gage County.

On Monday the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the county’s request to delay the collection efforts until an appeal filed by the county in October is decided.        

In July a jury awarded $28.1 million to the six wrongly convicted of the rape and killing of 68-year-old Helen Wilson. The six spent a combined 75 years in prison until DNA evidence cleared them and instead pointed to a man who died in 1992.