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May 24, 2018
St. Louis Public Radio News
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Missouri to appeal reversal of murder conviction
(St. Louis Public Radio) - The state of Missouri says it will appeal a judge's decision overturning the 1996 murder conviction of a man accused of killing his mother.

Dale Helmig is serving a life sentence for the 1993 death of Norma Helmig. Her body was found tied to a concrete block in a flood-swollen river in central Missouri's Osage County.

Attorney General Chris Koster released a statement Monday saying other state and federal courts have reviewed and affirmed the finding of guilt.

Last week, a judge in the northwest Missouri county where Helmig is imprisoned ruled that Helmig "established his innocence by clear and convincing evidence."

The judge said prosecutors and law enforcement officers withheld evidence and presented false testimony at trial, and that Helmig's attorney was likely under the influence of drugs in court.

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